Scientists Discover How Beer Goggles Actually Work

By Sam Gibbs on at

We all know that a little alcohol (or a lot), helps the less-than-gorgeous find a little love – now researchers have figured out why, and it seems women are the most affected. Alcohol, the saviour of the nerd population everywhere, really does work.

Apparently it’s all down to facial symmetry perception. It’s thought that the more symmetrical a person’s face is, the more attractive said person is. Alcohol screws up the ability of the inebriated to tell whether your face is symmetrical or not. In fact, women seem particularly affected by alcohol, failing to discern between the attractive and not after only a couple of vodka tonics.

Unsurprisingly, the research of out Roehampton University, reported in the journal Addiction, found that the beer goggle effect increased with the quantity of alcohol consumed, but took effect even with light amounts. Dr Halsey explained:

"The people in our study were not drinking heavily, and the effects we have found seem to increase with the amount of alcohol consumed."

"The consequences could be considerable. A lot of people say they met their partner when they were drunk. Are their marriages shorter or longer lasting? Does it change the nature of the relationship?"

There you have it. Beer goggles are scientific fact, if it didn't really need proving. Then again, if you’re looking for more than a one-night party, perhaps laying off the sauce will have you end up with someone more attractive. Or just plain lonely I guess, depending on your own symmetrical rating. [Addiction via The Independent]

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