Drinking Myself Smart

Half the group drank the equivalent of two pints of beer before doing the tests, while the rest carried them out sober.

The drinking group solved nearly 40 per cent more problems than the others, and took an average of 12 seconds compared to the 15.5 seconds needed by sober subjects.

It’s official. Drinking makes one smarter. Now I have justification for making my coffee Irish.

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6 responses to “Drinking Myself Smart

  1. People always found it strange that I would drink while writing papers in college (and in seminary), but it always made perfect sense to me. Calms you down.

  2. I can believe it. I always have a shot of something before an exam.

  3. “Half the group drank the equivalent of two pints of beer before doing the tests, while the rest carried them out sober.”

    I don’t get it, if half of them had two pints of beer, and half of them had nothing, wouldn’t virtually all of them be sober? Surely college kids these days still have some alcohol tolerance.

    I can’t recall ever writing a paper since adulthood without drinking, and I find smoking before a test improves my performance. In the first year of nursing school the night before nursing clinicals they give you a shitload of paperwork to do – you can’t pick up your patient assignment until a certain time and then there is this ridiculous amount of paperwork which guarantees you are up until 3-5am before you report to a 12-14 hour clinical at 6-7am. So in my first year of nursing school I drank (moderately – a six pack or so) through those nights as I did my paperwork. It took the edge off the exhaustion and the annoyance. I sailed through those clinicals so I’m sure it helped.

  4. Unfortunately I spent most of my college years as a teetotaler – started going to an Evangelical church and my uncle drank himself to death my freshman year – so I never tried it myself.

  5. Agabus

    “I don’t get it, if half of them had two pints of beer, and half of them had nothing, wouldn’t virtually all of them be sober? Surely college kids these days still have some alcohol tolerance.”

    I had a similar thought.

    I used to write papers on a mixture of ephedrine and gas station wine. Some of them were quite beautiful, but the next morning when I was proofing them I would inevitably find a few “shits” and “fucks” I needed to edit out.

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