Researchers from Switzerland have confirmed what most of us already know – drinking a single glass of beer can make people more sociable.
The team from University Hospital in Basel tested 60 healthy people, with an equal number of men and women drinking alcoholic and non-alcoholic beer. They took part in a range of tasks, including a face recognition test, empathy test and sexual arousal test.
The lead researcher said there had been little previous research in this area.
Prof Matthias Liechti explained: "Although many people drink beer and know its effects through personal experience there is surprisingly little scientific data on its effects on the processing of emotional social information".
The desire to be with others, in a happy, talkative and open environment increased in the group which drank the alcoholic beer and was more marked in women and those with higher initial inhibitions.
As well as enabling the participants to recognize happy faces more quickly, the beer also enhanced participants' emotional empathy, particularly in those with lower levels of initial empathy.
Commenting on the research, Prof Wim van den Brink, past chairperson of the ECNP scientific program committee, said: "This is an interesting study confirming conventional wisdom that alcohol is a social lubricant and that moderate use of alcohol makes people happier, more social and less inhibited when it comes to sexual engagement".
The study is being published in the journal Psychopharmacology and presented at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Congress Conference in Vienna.
On Sunday, Bournemouth completed one of the comebacks of the season by beating Liverpool in a sensational EPL game. In short, the Reds imploded spectacularly.
The Cherries battled back from 2-0 down at half-time and 3-1 behind with 15 minutes to go – when they slotted in two goals in quick succession (76, 78) and Nathan Ake's ninety-third minute winner sealing a famous win.