Beer Goggles? How Drunk Are You? Sexy Mixologist?...

For a twist and as the weather changes, I offer up some fun bar related material filled with fun facts, little tidbits, and humor.

The key to millennials’ hearts is through their cocktail glasses, according to a survey commissioned by Southern Comfort.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, researchers polled 1,001 unmarried respondents ages 21 to 34. A whopping 93 percent of respondents said they’re impressed by people who know how to make a good cocktail, and 70 percent said they would date a professional mixologist.

Perhaps that’s because they don’t know how to craft their own cocktails: 28 percent said they wish they knew how to make a classic Manhattan or Old Fashioned. Read full survey here.

When you’re out on the town, how do you determine how intoxicated you are? According to a new study, you’re probably way off the mark.

New research published in the BMC Public Health journal shows an interesting tendency in how we judge our own drunkenness. A recent study from the University of Cardiff found that drinkers tend to perceive their level of intoxication relative to the people they’re surrounded by.

In the study, researchers breathalyzed more than 1,800 people on Friday and Saturday nights and asked follow-up questions of about 400 participants. The results? Responses from drinkers about their own intoxication levels were biased by the behavior of those that they observed nearby and didn’t reflect how drunk they actually were.

“It turns out that, irrespective of how much someone has [had to drink], if they observe others who are more drunk than they are, they feel less at risk from drinking more,” professor Simon Moore stated in a press release.

The underestimations of drunkenness were alarming. In many cases, drinkers who rated themselves as “moderately at risk” were well over the legal limit for drunk driving and were much more intoxicated than they believed. On the other hand, it was just as easy for people to overestimate their level of intoxication. Drinkers who were almost sober believed themselves to be much more drunk than they actually were when surrounded by more intoxicated peers.

Scientists hope these results will help decrease excessive drinking by making people aware of how self-perception of drunkenness actually works. Elements of this research also match up with a previous Australian study that discovered people in bars with a large majority of male drinkers experienced higher levels of intoxication.

The results from both of these studies prove the importance of making smart choices when choosing your drinking buddies!

 

It’s official! Scientists have confirmed what we’ve all known for years: Alcohol gets rid of shyness surrounding sex. New research out of Switzerland has found that beer drinking made it easier for study participants to exhibit sex-positive behavior.

In the study, researchers recruited 60 volunteers ages 18 to 50. Half of the participants were given a half-liter glass of alcoholic beer, while the other half were given the same amount of nonalcoholic beer. The subjects were then asked to complete a series of tasks, including a face recognition test, empathy test and sexual arousal test.

The study found that drinking beer helped participants feel more comfortable viewing sexually explicit images, identify happy faces and display heightened concern for positive emotional situations. Researchers concluded that alcohol’s effects on social cognition is also likely to enhance sociability.

The scientists noted different results for each gender, with male subjects being more prone to mood and behavior changes than women. Scientists explained this may be due to differences in blood alcohol concentration and tolerance levels.

Researchers believe that the findings provide a clearer explanation for the phenomenon informally known as “beer goggles”: finding other people much more attractive while under the influence of alcohol.

 

Hope you had fun and always Cheers!!!

Your Friendly, Neighborhood "Sexy" Mixologist,

Michael