Getting Drunk May Unleash Creativity

It may help to crack open a beer before sitting down to write that memoir. A recent study suggests being a little drunk could really help get those creative juices flowing.

Wish we’d signed up to volunteer: Twenty participants sipped vodka-cranberries until their blood alcohol content reached .075, which happens after an average of three drinks (or probably one Long Island Iced Tea). Then they munched on a bagel, which the study authors note is a normal procedure in alcohol studies. Another 20 people didn’t eat or drink at all. All participants viewed a film and then completed a set of word problems that analyze creativity. Researchers found people who ate and drank performed better and faster on the test.