But just why is it that people seem to become a whole lot more attractive when there’s alcohol involved?
According to researchers at Roehampton University near London, alcohol can dramatically distort our judgement of other people’s faces. It has long been accepted that facial symmetry is the key to physical attraction: neat, symmetrical features are supposed to be indicative of good, healthy genes.
The Roehampton researchers gave a selection of men and women vodka and tonic, and another selection of men and women a similar tasting non-alcoholic drink. Both groups were then shown a selection of pictures and asked to identify which faces were symmetrical and which were non-symmetrical.
The group given the vodka found it more difficult to identify symmetry than the group with the non-alcoholic drink. The findings also suggested that women find it more difficult to judge symmetry after alcohol than men.
Dr Lewis Halsey, one of the researchers involved in the study, said: ‘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?’
Apparently it only takes one and a half pints of beer for the goggles to descend, and in some cases people only have to believe they have consumed alcohol for their judgements to become impaired.
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