RESEARCH confirms what most old topers already know: a drop of alcohol can hone the mind.
It's why a glass of something is referred to as a sharpener.
Read all about it in your copy of Consciousness And Cognition, which is a scientific journal but could also be a good name for a pub. Just say, that's me off to the Consciousness & Cognition to improve my mind.
Psychologists at the University of Illinois found that, in tests, young men are 40% better and faster at solving brain teasers after they have had a couple of beers.
Alcohol has a beneficial effect on creative problem-solving. The researchers conclude: "Being too focused can blind you to novel possibilities, and a broader, more flexible state of attention is needed for creative solutions to emerge."
Employers keen to improve performance by staff will make it a sackable offence not to have a glass of cognac with the morning coffee. Mothers hoping the wean does well in the Higher exams will put a Bacardi Breezer in with the play piece. Readers attempting the Sunday Herald prize crossword should have a quick stimulus in advance.
We should point out that the enhanced performance occurs when people are merry but not moroculous. Four units is the dose required. That's two pints of cooking lager or a couple of large glasses of wine.
Please do not try this method of sharpening the brain at work if you are a bus driver, airline pilot or brain surgeon.
(I apologise that this article could have been more concise and informative. But I didn't have time to nip out to a pub and get into a broader and more flexible state of mind over a glass or two of what us old-school journalists used to call writing fluid.)
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