Why am I so much better at darts after a couple of beers?
Because you’re buzzed. Golfers call beer “swing oil” because it seems to smooth out the motion. Same thing here. It’s science, sort of, because there are big words involved. (Which, coincidentally, are easier to say after two beers.) Specifically, those highly scientific words are:
CONTEXT REINSTATEMENT This means if you always do something under the same conditions, you’ll perform better. So if you always play darts buzzed, that becomes the state you might need to be in to achieve your top performance level.
THE YERKES-DODSON LAW It’s why beer equals liquid courage. Competition (and drunk friends yelling mindlessly) can cause psychological arousal. A little alcohol can subdue this a bit; moderate arousal yields optimal performance. It’s the law! Do not question it.
ILLUSORY CORRELATION This means you might think booze is beneficial because you’re associating two unrelated things. If you’ve previously kicked arse while drunk, you may think the two are related. This is a natural assumption that also applies to push-up competitions.
INADVERTENT BLOODLETTING This is what might happen when you drink too much, because alcohol can wreck your motor functioning. Those darts are sharper than they look, gentlemen. Throw responsibly.