Next time you have a few beers with your friends, you might want to take a sec to mull over that work problem that’s been tripping you up. According to a new study, beer actually helps you think better.
In the study, researchers from the Univeristy of Illinois in Chicago divided participants into two groups—one group was given two pints of beer each, and the other were completely sober. Each team was then asked to compete in a bar game where they were given three words and asked to come up with a fourth one that fit the pattern.
The drinkers solved 40 percent more problems correctly and came up with their answers 3.5 seconds faster than their sober counterparts. Sure, beer isn’t always going to make you smarter—scientists discovered that the tipsy people weren’t as great at memory games, but did well at ones that required a little creativity.
First we found out that drinking a glass or two of red wine a day can help you lose weight, and now this. Who’s ready for happy hour?!