This Just In: A Couple Beers Might Improve Your Test Scores

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 13, 2012

A new study from the University of Illinois should make college students very happy: apparently drinking a couple beers before a test may improve your performance. Researchers administered a brain teaser quiz to a group of 40 men. Study participants who had two drinks before the test –either two pints of beer or two medium glasses of wine–were able to solve 40 percent more brain teasers than the sober participants, and they solved them considerably faster. The researchers say this is because alcohol hinders analytical thinking and opens your mind to creative problem solving. Tipsy test-takers also spend less time second-guessing themselves. Study co-author Jennifer Wiley is quick to point out that these results do not apply to binge drinking, though: “We tested what happens when people are slightly merry — not when people drink to extremes.” So there you have it. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to get slightly merry and take some online IQ tests. [MSN]