TGIF, riiiiight? Okay, bad joke but good news: drinking makes you more attractive, according to a study at Bristol University. That doesn’t mean you should go digging in your closet for your old frosh week beer-chugging helmet any time soon. The study only concludes that people are perceived by their peers as more attractive after they’ve had a single drink (that’s one alcoholic beverage, guys — not five or a trough).
We’d also like to point out that, in search of this great boozehound news, scientists asked a mere 40 students to drink different amounts of alcohol before photographing them three times: sober, after a single glass of wine, and after a second glass. A separate group of people who didn’t drink or get photographed judged the photos for attractiveness: “Our data indicate that alcohol consumption may lead to consumers being rated as more attractive than sober individuals, but only following low levels of consumption,” said the study. “The increase in skin redness and decrease in skin lightness corresponded to the increase in facial attractiveness in the low alcohol condition, suggesting that facial flushing may drive the increase in facial attractiveness.”
Okay, so it’s not exactly the most thorough of research (40 people — c’mon! We’ve surveyed more people than that just deciding what to wear in the morning), but it gives you a good excuse to send this “scientific finding” around the office to your favourite coworkers and skip out early for happy hour. After all, it’s Friday.
If you definitely agree with the fact that drinking makes you more attractive, let us know in the comments below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.