Beer glasses: study confirms (the evidence) that alcohol consumption eliminates shyness about sex | Beer


Scientists have confirmed what humans have known for millennia: Drinking alcohol suppresses inhibitions surrounding sex.

A study conducted by researchers in Switzerland found unsurprisingly that drinking beer made it easier for volunteers to visualize explicit sexual images, and that the effect was greater for women than for men.

However, no change was observed in the levels of sexual arousal.

Another not entirely unexpected effect has been an increase in positive behavior. After drinking half a liter of beer, study participants were more drawn to happy faces and social situations.

The findings go some way to providing an explanation for “beer glasses” – a slang term used to describe how the influence of alcohol can make an unattractive person suddenly desirable.

Lead researcher Professor Matthias Liechtenstein, University Hospital Basel, said: “The effect of many drugs and substances of abuse has been tested on various emotional processing and social cognition tests.

“However, although many people drink beer and know its effects from personal experience, there is surprisingly little scientific data on its effects on processing emotional social information.

“We have found that drinking a glass of beer helps people see happy faces faster and increases their anxiety about positive emotional situations.

“Alcohol also makes it easier to visualize sexual images, which is compatible with disinhibition, but it doesn’t actually improve sexual arousal.

“These effects of alcohol on social cognition probably improve sociability.”

The research was presented at the annual meeting of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) in Vienna and also appears in the journal Psychopharmacology.

Professor Wim van den Brink, University of Amsterdam, former chair of the ECNP science program committee, said: and less inhibited when it comes to sexual engagement.

“Gender differences in results can be explained either by differences in blood alcohol concentration between men and women with the same alcohol consumption, or by differences in tolerance due to differences in blood alcohol levels. previous levels of alcohol consumption or by socio-cultural factors. “

For the study, the researchers recruited 60 healthy volunteers between the ages of 18 and 50 and gave half of them half a liter of alcoholic beer. The other participants received alcohol-free beer.

The volunteers were then asked to complete a series of tasks, including a facial recognition test, an empathy test, and a sexual arousal test.

Drinking beer had no effect on the levels of the hormone oxytocin, which acts as a “social lubricant” and helps bond between individuals.


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