Up to a point, that is.
As many singles have found out, beer goggles can be a terrible thing. You can go from thinking someone is the ugliest thing in the world to thinking they’re the hottest thing coming down the street, only after a couple drinks. Far too many times I thought I was going home with someone who looked like Ryan Gosling only to end up waking up next to someone who was on-par with a troll in the looks territory. Alcohol, man; it definitely plays some dirty, rotten tricks.
But not only do we find people to be better looking as we drink, but, according to a new study, when we drink, we become better looking, too.
Pretty exciting news for all those winos out there! The study out of the University of Bristol in the UK took 40 students and supplied them with wine. Before the drinking commenced they took a photo of each participant sober, then after one drink, then after a second. What was found when sober people were asked to rate the photos for attraction was that after one drink people are the best looking, compared to no drinks or two drinks. In fact, after two drinks people become less attractive than they are when they’re sober. It’s weird, I know.
But why is this?
Well, according to the researchers it has to do with rosiness of the cheeks, relaxed muscles, and pupil dilation. After one drink, the pupils dilate just enough to become attractive to those who are looking into those eyes. The one drink also allows for just the right amount of relaxation in the body to make that person appear more attractive than at any other stage of drinking. Plus, the rosiness in the cheeks that comes with one drink is a sign of good health so people are inherently attracted to that because at our core, we’re all about keeping the species alive and want to do so with someone who looks healthy. Simple biology, people.
Takeaway? Stop getting trashed at the bar every Thursday night. Not only will you put an end to those wretched hangovers you’ve been having every Friday at work, but you’ll also quit waking up next to people who look like a foot and, based on this study, you’ll be able to maintain your most attractiveness if you take it really slow. I’m the first one to admit six pickle backs on a Thursday night always sounds like a good idea but if I’m looking to score and look my best, I’ll just have to keep it at one. Science says so.