Hemingway Here I Come!: Vodka Makes You Better With Words

February 15, 2012


Vodka AND getting pulled over.

According to a recent study conducted by the University of Illinois, Chicago, boozing up to around the legal limit (~0.08 BAC) makes you gooder with words. Pfft, I could have told you that -- look at me. "You're doing a f***ing terrible job." I don't start drinking till 10!

In the study, half the participants were fed vodka until just below the current 0.08 per cent blood alcohol cutoff for legal intoxication in the United States, and half drank nothing. They were all then shown a series of three-word puzzles, and asked to find a word that linked the three words on each occasion. On average, intoxicated participants responded in 11.5 seconds, while the sober ones took 15.4 seconds.

It lends weight to the idea that artists and musicians are more creative when they've indulged. In fact, Jennifer Wiley, one of the researchers, agrees: "A composer or artist fixated on previous work may indeed find creative benefits from intoxication."

Truthfully, I've tried writing after some beers before, and let me tell you -- it's hard. Well it's not hard, it's really easy, you just wind up thinking you're a lot cleverer than you actually are. And if there's one thing I'm not after I've been drinking, it's clever. Way more attractive and charming, sure, but not clever. Now weed on the other hand, that actually does make me better at stuff like, SPOILER: cookies. I have mastered them.

Drinking Vodka Makes You Talk More Better [gizmodo]

Thanks to philip, who's convinced booze makes you better at video games. Better, or screamier?

  • So... these 'researchers' noticed that getting a buzz on made the subjects answer faster and drew the conclusion that it meant they were more creative and not just enjoying a reduced brain to mouth filter? Really?

  • David Rivera

    Good to see the Geico cavemen are still around. 

  • Whilst slight inebriation may make me better with words it also tends to make my clothes fall off. I'm not sure if the former out weighs the latter.

  • Emmitt Morgans

     *wolf whistle* ;)

  • Emmitt Morgans

    I tend to have mental blocks from time to time in normal conversation and I've noticed that some slight intoxication *does* make them dissipate...  I'm going to have to try it with writing to see if that same rule applies...

  • Emmitt Morgans

    WOw.. i gotta sayt;hta it really deassmlapke my typaing a lot beterr!

    Drinak;ing for the winsa'!

  • rikster81

    hummm, yup so much truth in this article ask lindsay whitney and amy wine-house

  • n_a_a_s

    Similar tests that have been conducted like this show a response time of less than 10 seconds with people who had smoked marijuana. During one study, two of the participants were even given MDMA to see how their response time was measured with the group. Unfortunately both subjects were male & ended up not doing the puzzles at all, but instead going off and making love to the nurses

  • dingusthemonique

    This is the worst article on here I've seen in a long time.

  • n_a_a_s

     This is the worst comment on here I've seen in a long time

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