Beer Goggles: Fact or Fiction
4th May 2012
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The ‘beer goggle affect’ is used to describe a state which people get into when they have had a few too many drinks, when they find people attractive who they ordinarily wouldn’t. Lewis Halsey, senior Lecturer at Roehampton University has done a study which looks at the science behind the myth. “Many animal species have been found to find symmetry attractive when choosing a mate… People find other people more attractive when those people have more symmetrical bodies and faces.” Halsey tells us. We’ve heard it all before, ‘I didn’t know what I was doing’, ‘it seemed like a good idea at the time’, but this study seems to prove that there is something to the theory. The alcohol effects our perception of symmetry and, in turn, our perception of attractiveness. “If alcohol reduces the ability to perceive asymmetry then it means that someone who has consumed alcohol will see people as more symmetrical, and thus appear to be a more attractive mate.” Halsey explains.
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