Skip to comments.No such thing as beer goggles as part of brain controlling sexual urges unaffected by alcohol
Posted on 03/03/2013 9:27:12 PM PST by Slings and Arrows
Ever felt one too many drinks have fooled you into thinking someone is better looking than they are?
Well, you wouldnt be alone but you would be wrong, it is claimed.
Beer goggles are a myth because we see each other no differently regardless of how much alcohol we have had.
The part of the brain controlling sexual urges keeps going no matter how much we have drunk.
It means our ability to assess someones attractiveness stays the same until we pass out, that is.
We still see others basically as they are, said Dr Amanda Ellison, who conducted the study.
There is no imagined physical transformation just more desire.
Hangovers are caused by dehydration: the brain shrinks and tugs on the meninges.
But before that, alcohol switches off the rational and decision-making areas of the brain while leaving the areas to do with sexual desire relatively intact.
Dr Ellison, of the psychology department of Durham University, says it is a fluke of nature that the lust section of the brain the oldest part still functions in the face of booze.
Her findings go against previous studies which have suggested people appear more attractive to others after they have had a drink.
If it turns off the rational and decision-making areas of the brain while leaving the sexual craving part active, then the result is the same. Bad decisions are made - it hardly matters what the reasoning is behind it.
Agree. God knows that I have shagged women after my defenses are down that I never would have looked at sober.
As the old saying goes, a 2 at 10 is a 10 at 2.
I don't suppose it would do any good to tell the doctor that allegorical humor isn't meant to be taken literally. Forget the Godzilla facepalm pics too. She would just write a paper explaining the biological reasons a giant radiation breathing lizard could not exist.
Common sense doesn’t get publication credits.
Her other interests are Glowbull Warming research and Sasquatch hunting in her spare time.
And, I’m sure, the woman waking up next to you has thought the same thing. :) I don’t really know that, just saying, women make bad alcohol induced choices, too.
No such think as beer goggles?
— Black Adder
Wasn’t Black Adder horrified to wake up in bed with “Bob” after a bender, but “Bob” turned out to be an attractive cross-dressing woman whose appeal Black Adder couldn’t resist while drunk but wouldn’t allow himself to respond to while sober...or something like that.
What’s the difference between a dog and a fox?
About five beers
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I’ve been Shallow Hall on occasion after imbibing Lie Serum...
Never went to bed with an ugly woman but woke up with a few.
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