The science behind ‘beer goggles’ explained

on 06/03/13 at 4:55 pm

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imagesA senior lecturer at Durham University’s Department of Psychology has revealed that the area of the brain that makes us want to mate is the key to the so-called “beer goggles” effect.

In her new book, “Getting Your Head Around the Brain”, Dr Amanda Ellison explains that men and women do not see each other differently after consuming alcohol, but alcohol shuts down some of our decision making functions before it suppresses the part of the brain that controls sexual urges.

Dr Ellison told the Daily Telegraph: “We still see others basically as they are. There is no imagined physical transformation — just more desire.

“Hangovers are caused by dehydration – the brain shrinks and tugs on the meninges which causes the headache.

“But before that, alcohol switches off the rational and decision making areas of the brain while leaving the areas to do with sexual desire relatively intact, and so this explains beer goggles.”

 

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