Why you get laid more often when you drink beer

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A team of intrepid researchers ventured out into the bars of London with laptops and breathalizers to figure out why people who are drunk have sex with people they don't find attractive when sober.

Yes, it turns out that the whole thing is about those symmetrical faces that evolutionary psychologists are always nattering about. Apparently when you're drunk, you can't recognize symmetrical faces as easily as you can when sober.

To find out if alcohol interfered with the ability to distinguish faces where the left and right sides were uneven, he and his colleagues designed an experiment involving images of faces that were tinkered with to make them perfectly symmetrical or subtly asymmetrical. The results of the study were published by [Lewis] Halsey, Joerg Huber, Richard Bufton and A.C. Little in a recent issue of the journal Alcohol.

"Over an evening Joerg, Richard and I went out to the university campus bars with a laptop and asked students to participate," Halsey said . . . This included students taking a quick breathalyzer test to confirm their alcohol consumption. The students were classified as either sober or intoxicated, then examined the images.

Twenty images of a pair of faces — one symmetrical, the other asymmetrical — and then 20 images of a single face were shown, one at a time, to 64 students. Participants were asked to state which face of each of the pairs was most attractive. They also had to determine whether each of the single faces displayed was symmetrical.

The sober students had a greater preference for symmetrical faces than did the intoxicated students. And it turned out that the sober students were better at detecting whether a face was symmetrical.


So I'm pretty sure the message here is that if you want to get laid, you should get drunk - because that way you won't be such a picky jerk. Wait, that is the message, right?

via ABC News

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I'm a tad confused. It seems like you get laid more when others drink. That's assuming it's your partner's hesitance rather than yours.