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Are Beer Goggles a Myth?

The Effect of Alcohol on Who You're Attracted To

If you've made a drunken mistake in love, there's now science to support your "I was drinking" excuse. British researchers found intoxicated people find unattractive people better looking than sober people.

To determine this, researchers spent a night outside college bars and used breathalyzers to categorize students as sober or intoxicated. Using the established fact that beauty lies in facial symmetry, students looked at 20 pictures of people whose face symmetries were tinkered with, for better or worse.

To the surprise of no one who's ever been drunk, the intoxicated people were less discerning; however, what was surprising is women were more susceptible to liquor's rose-colored goggles. Researches suspect it's because men are more visual and spend more time ogling women than women do men.

Source: Flickr User Darwin Bell

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Skeptic52 Skeptic52 6 years
Mine's not a beer goggle situation. The sober me LOVES dorky straight-laced-looking guys, and the drunk me loves hair. Beards, shaggy hair, you name it. I suddenly pine for the hippie-looking dude after a few. I don't NOT like those guys when I'm sober. And, I wouldn't think he were cuter when I was drunk than if I were sober. I just am drawn to the personality that comes with that, I guess, when I'm in the mood for fun.
Miss-Infamous Miss-Infamous 6 years
well duh
stephley stephley 6 years
The 'most beautiful' faces by a technical definition. If "beauty" was that easy to determine, why would we bother letting not beautiful out of the house to screw up the gene pool? It just seems to be one more ridiculous survey. It's not as if you could take all the surveys Tres reports on the "science" of choosing a mate, and go snag your perfect match.
inlove23 inlove23 6 years
No crap!!
secondstar secondstar 6 years
Well duh. Although it would be most interesting to see what those same people had to same about the photos when they were sober.
stephley stephley 6 years
"Using the established fact that beauty lies in facial symmetry" Really?
Pistil Pistil 7 years
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
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