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alcohol: is it for you?
judgement Posted 2004-08-17 17:03:28 by Jim Crawford
The study that this article cites, which shows a positive correlation between drinking alcohol and intelligence test results, fairly cries out for a followup study: do the people who started drinking as a result of the study show increased test scores afterward? That would be some useful information.

Considering how much I detest the taste of alcohol, I don't know if I'd be willing to bring myself to make the sacrifice simply for an increase in my already gargantuan mental faculties! However, I'm not averse to theoretical calculation: Two pints of beer is the amount they seem to be recommending, and I assume they mean Imperial pints. Google Calculator, which is awesome, shows that Two Imperial pints is equivalent to about 1.2 quarts. As a rough guess, I'd say that that's about how much liquid I currently drink in a day.

Sadly, though Google Calculator knows about middle c and the speed of light, it couldn't convert Imperial pints to kilocalories or U.S. dollars.

I also thought this Chick Tract parody was pretty funny.

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outliers
Posted by Anonymous (Craig Timpany) on 2004-08-20 01:01:06
Yeah, two pints would be a fair session for me. There's no way I'd average that much without installing an additional liver or something.


 The benefits were most marked among women drinkers and, to the researchers' surprise, showed no sign of flattening out with increasing consumption.


I wish I had their data. I wanna extrapolate the IQ of the average wino! They could be of superhuman intelligence.
re: outliers
Posted by Jim Crawford on 2004-08-20 10:56:58
 I wish I had their data. I wanna extrapolate the IQ of the average wino! They could be of superhuman intelligence.


I'd like to see it as well. I kind of have a suspicion, though, that the intelligence boost only kicks in after the hangover is gone :)
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