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Boffins crack 'beer goggles' [Scientists figure out why alcohol makes ugly people seem attractive]
News.Com. AU ^ | November 25, 2005 | staff writer

Posted on 11/26/2005 6:47:02 AM PST by yankeedame

Boffins crack beer goggles

From: By Nick Buchan
November 25, 2005


Oktoberfest... no beer goggles needed here / file

SCIENTISTS have figured out why alcohol makes ugly people seem more attractive - otherwise known as the "beer goggles" effect.

Far from being a simple matter of how much you have to drink, the researchers have devised a complex formula which takes into account the level of light in the pub or club, the drinkers' own eyesight, the smokiness of the room and the distance between two people. A phenomenon which has caught out millions of people over the years, the beer goggles effect refers to how having too much to drink can make someone you find repulsive suddenly exude all the charms and allure of a supermodel.

While getting intimate with the person may seem like a good idea at the time, it's only the morning after when you realise that the Angelina Jolie superbabe you hooked up with the night before actually resembles Margaret Thatcher in the cold harsh light of day.

And while many of us have worn beer goggles over the years, no-one has ever worked out exactly why alcohol has this strange effect on our judgement.

Until now.

"The beer goggles effect isn't solely dependent on how much alcohol a person consumes, there are other influencing factors at play too," said Professor Nathan Efron, Professor of Clinical Optometry at the University of Manchester. Amazingly, scientists now believe you don't even need to have had an alcoholic drink to suffer from the beer goggles effect.

"The formula shows for example, that a person with poor vision who's talking to someone in a very smoky bar will be experiencing a beer goggles effect close to someone who has consumed eight pints in a smoke-free and well-lit room."

The formula can work out a final score to measure the effect.

A score of less than 1 means no beer goggle effect - an ugly person remains ugly.

A score of 1-50 means a slight beer goggle effect - making a person you would normally find very unattractive slightly less "visually offensive".

A moderate beer goggle effect is indicated by a score of between 50-100- a person who is by no means appealing becomes suddenly sexually attractive.

A score of more than 100 indicates a severe beer goggle effect - the "fugly" you were talking to an hour ago now looks like Kylie Minogue or George Clooney. For example, someone with normal vision who has drunk five pints of beer and see someone 1.5 metres away in a fairly smoky and poorly lit room will score 55, which means that they would suffer from a moderate beer goggle effect.

Increasing beer consumption to eight pints (2.8 litres) increases that score of 140, leading to a severe beer goggle effect.''

The research was carried out by an eyewear firm, which surveyed more than 1000 members of a speed dating club.

The poll showed 68 per cent of respondents had woken up the next morning regretting giving their number to somebody who they later realised they weren't attracted to.


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alcohol; beauty; booze
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1 posted on 11/26/2005 6:47:04 AM PST by yankeedame
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To: yankeedame

So that's how they get that big. You just soak them in beer foam. Cool.


2 posted on 11/26/2005 6:48:05 AM PST by DoughtyOne (MSM: Public support for war waining. 403/3 House vote against pullout vaporizes another lie.)
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To: yankeedame

3 posted on 11/26/2005 6:48:08 AM PST by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: yankeedame

How many research papers include the word 'fugly' in them...


4 posted on 11/26/2005 6:50:35 AM PST by Always Right
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To: Always Right
How many research papers include the word 'fugly' in them...

Probably about the same number as research papers on "beer goggles".

5 posted on 11/26/2005 6:54:28 AM PST by Recovering Hermit (I did an ear squat once...but I was NOT naked at the time.)
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To: yankeedame
Awww Yah! Billy’s at the bar, he’s been there all night First ten beers he’s had, since her goodbye HEY! HEY!

She left him broke, in his new truck He don’t smoke, but he lights one up Temporary fix, for his heartache He’s hurting bad, but he’s feeling great

He’s on the dance floor yelling Freebird Singing off pitch but he knows every word Grabs him a girl and he holds on tight He’s chasing everything in sight He’ll fall apart when he gets home But right now his worries are gone Life looks good, good, good Billy’s got his beer goggles on Hey!

Lot of drunks, get real mean They’ll pick a fight, over anything Billy wants to laugh, that’s why he’s here You won’t see him cry, unless you spill his beer

He’s on the dance floor yelling Freebird Singing off pitch but he knows every word Grabs him another girl and he holds on tight Now he’s chasing everything in sight He’ll fall apart when he gets home Right now his worries are gone Life looks good, good, good Billy’s got his beer goggles……. on

He’s on the dance floor yelling Freebird Singing off pitch but he knows every word Grabs him another girl he hold on tight He don’t see ugly Through blood shot eyes He’ll fall apart when he gets home But right now his worries are gone Cause life looks good, good, good So good, good, good, Life looks good, good, good Billy’s got his beer goggles…….on

6 posted on 11/26/2005 7:07:34 AM PST by neodad (My ex-wife is stuck on stupid.)
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To: yankeedame
Man! Those are HUGE...mugs!
7 posted on 11/26/2005 7:07:36 AM PST by canalabamian (Durka durka...Muhammad FUBAR!)
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To: yankeedame
I found the audio of the scientists conference on this.

Click here to listen.

8 posted on 11/26/2005 7:09:31 AM PST by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served, to keep us free.)
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To: yankeedame
 

This article doesn't explain squat.

 

 

9 posted on 11/26/2005 7:15:21 AM PST by HawaiianGecko (Facts are neither debatable nor open to "I have a right to this opinion" nonsense.)
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To: yankeedame
"Beer goggles" are an urban myth.
Beer drinkers remain aware that beer drinkers of the opposite sex are still ugly.
They simply reach the point where they don't care about looks,
then use the beer as a scapegoat the next morning.

It's NOT the beer's fault!

10 posted on 11/26/2005 7:16:31 AM PST by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: yankeedame

people sue mcdonalds cause fast food makes them fat..people sue tobacco companies because smoking gives them cancer..can I sue budweiser because they make ugly people look pretty???


11 posted on 11/26/2005 7:17:05 AM PST by GeorgiaDawg32 (Islam is a religion of peace and they'll behead 13 year old girls to prove it...)
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To: Willie Green

this is america..surely you don't insinuate personal responsibility has anything to do with this, do ya?? (sarc/off)


12 posted on 11/26/2005 7:18:06 AM PST by GeorgiaDawg32 (Islam is a religion of peace and they'll behead 13 year old girls to prove it...)
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To: yankeedame

Wille Nelson:
Last night I came in at two with a ten
But at ten I woke up with a two
I got twenty-twenty vision when I ain't drinkin'
But Lord when I get on that booze
I ain't never gone to bed with an ugly woman
But I sure woke up with a few
Last night I came in at two with a ten
But at ten I woke up with a two


13 posted on 11/26/2005 7:18:12 AM PST by WKB (If you can't dazzle them with brilliance.. then Baffle them with BS)
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To: yankeedame
PROVERBS 23:29-35

29Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?

30They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.

31Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.

32At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.

33Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.

34Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.

35They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.

14 posted on 11/26/2005 7:21:29 AM PST by Bear_Slayer
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To: yankeedame

I want to be paid for my research....


15 posted on 11/26/2005 7:23:54 AM PST by dakine
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
this is america..surely you don't insinuate personal responsibility has anything to do with this, do ya?? (sarc/off)

Hey, somebody has to do it.
Do you realize what would happen to the brewers if the product liability lawyers latched onto this issue?

16 posted on 11/26/2005 7:24:20 AM PST by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: Bear_Slayer

A biblical reference to beer goggles.
Cool.


17 posted on 11/26/2005 7:25:10 AM PST by MaryFromMichigan
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To: Mike Bates

In the words of the late, great Brother Dave Gardner...."The worst I ever had was wonderful"


18 posted on 11/26/2005 7:26:54 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Frist would be a great Majority Leader if he had 65 seats..make that 75)
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To: yankeedame
>While getting intimate with the person may seem like a good idea at the time, it's only the morning after when you realise that the Angelina Jolie superbabe you hooked up with the night before actually resembles Margaret Thatcher






19 posted on 11/26/2005 7:28:33 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: WKB

20 posted on 11/26/2005 7:28:51 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Frist would be a great Majority Leader if he had 65 seats..make that 75)
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To: yankeedame
Increasing beer consumption to eight pints (2.8 litres) increases that score of 140, leading to a severe beer goggle effect.''

It would also lead me to severe snoring. Now, back in my Bad Ole Daze …
21 posted on 11/26/2005 7:29:24 AM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: wardaddy

Now you know ping.


22 posted on 11/26/2005 7:33:00 AM PST by WKB (If you can't dazzle them with brilliance.. then Baffle them with BS)
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To: yankeedame
...the beer goggles effect refers to how having too much to drink can make someone you find repulsive suddenly exude all the charms and allure of a supermodel...

It's really not that complicated.

The simple explanation is: "Men are pigs."

23 posted on 11/26/2005 7:33:15 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam Factoid:After forcing young girls to watch his men execute their fathers, Muhammad raped them.)
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To: ErnBatavia

Even when I drank a LOT I don't think my
"Old Charter goggles" worked that well.


24 posted on 11/26/2005 7:35:22 AM PST by WKB (If you can't dazzle them with brilliance.. then Baffle them with BS)
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To: Willie Green

I quit drinking a couple years back Willie and 5 barmaids lost their jobs. The tragedy of it all almost made me go back to drinking.


25 posted on 11/26/2005 7:35:33 AM PST by DuckFan4ever (Janice Rogers Brown for the Supreme court in '06)
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To: theFIRMbss

Maybe if those were mugs of Wild Turkey.


26 posted on 11/26/2005 7:35:49 AM PST by KDD (A wink is as good as a nod to a blind horse.)
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To: canalabamian

And she carries them pretty high too!


27 posted on 11/26/2005 7:37:36 AM PST by Farmer Dean (Every time a toilet flushes,another liberal gets his brains.)
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To: ErnBatavia

The poll showed 68 per cent of respondents had woken up the next morning regretting giving their number to somebody who they later realised they weren't attracted to.<<

Fugly is not the standard. Coyote ugly is. If you are willing to bite your arm off, to avoid waking your new partner, then you have a story.

DK


28 posted on 11/26/2005 7:39:52 AM PST by Dark Knight
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To: yankeedame
Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time

Chorus:

The girls all get prettier at closing time
They all begin to look like movie stars
The girls all get prettier at closing time
When the change starts taking place
It puts a glow on every face
Of the falling angels of the back street bars.

If I could rate'em on a scale from 1 to 10
I'm lookin' for a 9 but 8 would slip right in
A few more drinks and I might slip to a 5 or even a 4
But when tomorrow morning comes,
And I wake up with a number 1
I swear I'll never do it anymore.

Chorus:
The girls all get prettier at closing time
They all begin to look like movie stars
The girls all get prettier at closing time
When the change starts taking place
It puts a glow on every face
Of the falling angels of the back street bars.

--- Instrumental ---

Now, I don't mean to criticize the girls at all
I know Robert Redford, even overhauls
We all picture in our minds a girl that looks just right
Ain't it funny, ain't it strange,
The way a man's opinion changes
When he starts to face that lonely night.

Chorus:
The girls all get prettier at closing time
They all begin to look like movie stars
The girls all get prettier at closing time
When the change starts taking place
It puts a glow on every face
Of the falling angels of the back street bars.

Of the falling angels of the back street bars...

============

--Mickey Gilley


29 posted on 11/26/2005 7:40:53 AM PST by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: HawaiianGecko

Things go better with ear squats.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1528706/posts


30 posted on 11/26/2005 7:46:07 AM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: Mike Bates
It isn't that alcohol makes ugly people pretty. It's that it makes you not care how ugly they are, so long as they have they appropriate orifice.
31 posted on 11/26/2005 7:49:57 AM PST by SALChamps03
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To: DoughtyOne

Better yet,SQUEEZE EM' TOGETHER!!!!!!!!!!


32 posted on 11/26/2005 8:09:01 AM PST by bandleader
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To: yankeedame

These"Scientists"DEFINITELY have TOO MUCH TIME ON THEIR HANDS!!!!


33 posted on 11/26/2005 8:10:13 AM PST by bandleader
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To: yankeedame

Finally, useful research.


34 posted on 11/26/2005 8:12:04 AM PST by kennedy ("Why would I listen to losers?")
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To: Willie Green
It's NOT the beer's fault!

AS Homer said" :Beer. The cause and solution of all life's problems."

35 posted on 11/26/2005 8:17:29 AM PST by don-o (Don't be a Freeploader. Do the right thing. Become a Monthly Donor! '98'er)
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To: theFIRMbss
Not possible. Just not possible.

The smell would overcome.

36 posted on 11/26/2005 8:19:03 AM PST by don-o (Don't be a Freeploader. Do the right thing. Become a Monthly Donor! '98'er)
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To: yankeedame
I think "beer goggles" has more to do with too much brew causing the brain to respond more to feedback from the "little head" than the eyes, than it does any complicated scenario of lighting and environmental effects. Have the dweebs never heard the old saying "any port in a storm"?
37 posted on 11/26/2005 8:29:32 AM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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To: yankeedame
They neglected to study inflatables


38 posted on 11/26/2005 8:48:15 AM PST by P.O.E. (Liberalism is the opiate of the elite classes.)
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To: WKB

Name of song? Thanks! ;-)


39 posted on 11/26/2005 9:09:43 AM PST by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

"The simple explanation is: Men are pigs."

And the women they rut with are...?


40 posted on 11/26/2005 9:13:29 AM PST by WorkingClassFilth (The problem with being a 'big tent' Party is that the clowns are seated with the paying customers.)
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To: Tunehead54

"TEN WITH A TWO" by: Willie Nelson


Last night, downtown I was drinkin' the booze
Like it was goin' out of style
My whole head got light and I lost my eyesight
I ain't been that drunk in a while
Along about one, I spotted a three
And I started to make my move
She was believin' every line I was layin'
Lord, it was just too cool
Well, I thought I had died and gone to heaven
But Lord did I look like a fool
Last night I came in at two with a ten
But at ten I woke up with a two

(CHORUS):
Last night I came in at two with a ten
But at ten I woke up with a two
I got twenty-twenty vision when I ain't drinkin'
But Lord when I get on that booze
I ain't never gone to bed with an ugly woman
But I sure woke up with a few
Last night I came in at two with a ten
But at ten I woke up with a two

~ Solo ~

Well I made up my mind, I was never gonna find
Myself in that condition again
But here I sit, on the same barstool
And just look that the shape that I'm in
And I done spotted me another queen
Sittin' at a table alone
So I strolled on over and set myself down
And asked if I could take her home
And when she said yes, I thought I'd been blessed
But boy did I look like a fool
Last night I came in at two with a ten
But at ten I woke up with a two


41 posted on 11/26/2005 9:16:39 AM PST by WKB (If you can't dazzle them with brilliance.. then Baffle them with BS)
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To: Mike Bates

Beauty is in the eye of the beerholder.


42 posted on 11/26/2005 9:22:34 AM PST by Charles Henrickson (A good pun is its own reword.)
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To: theFIRMbss
There isn't enough beer in the world.

Besides, this article was about beer goggles, not beer radio telescopes.
43 posted on 11/26/2005 9:28:18 AM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (Childrens classics updated for modern islam. "If You're Happy and You Know It, Go Kaboom!")
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To: decal

ping ping ping


44 posted on 11/26/2005 9:33:56 AM PST by knews_hound (i know my typing sucks, i do it one handed ! (caps are especially tough))
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To: longshadow; VadeRetro; balrog666; Senator Bedfellow; RadioAstronomer; js1138; whattajoke; Shryke; ..
"Beer, the Ugly Woman's Friend" Ping List
Don't ask to be added or dropped; I know what's best for you.

45 posted on 11/26/2005 9:51:18 AM PST by PatrickHenry (Expect no response if you're a troll, lunatic, dotard, or incurable ignoramus.)
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To: Charles Henrickson
Beauty is in the eye of the beerholder.

The only worthwhile post to this thread. :)

46 posted on 11/26/2005 10:06:28 AM PST by Aracelis
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To: WKB

But Lord when I get on that booze

When I was in Korea, some of the drunks were the best speakers of the English language. They were among the funnest people to talk to as well.


47 posted on 11/27/2005 11:29:06 AM PST by moog
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To: Always Right

How many research papers include the word 'fugly' in them...

Depends on how many fugs are around.


48 posted on 11/27/2005 11:29:54 AM PST by moog
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To: R. Scott

The bigger the mug, the better the view.


49 posted on 11/27/2005 11:31:04 AM PST by moog
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To: WKB

No wonder he grew a beard, or was he the first "Slick" Willie?


50 posted on 11/27/2005 11:32:18 AM PST by moog
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