The University of Illinois is expending vast amounts of energy in a continuing attempt to expose the benefits of inebriation. Two months after their vodka study, researchers are now stating that certain levels of alcohol may enhance the mind’s “working memory capacity”—or the potential for creative problem solving.
Although test subjects with a blood alcohol level of .07 (just below the legal limit in most states) struggled with attention-intensive trials, they were able to solve 40 percent more “flexible thinking” questions than those who were completely sober. They also answered three and a half seconds faster, and completed their tests in 12 seconds compared to 15.5 for sober participants.
Of course, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that has loosened up socially and intellectually after a few drinks.