SOME SMART DRINKING
Scientific proof that two pints at lunchtime will improve your career. See you at the pub
When the midday sun is shining but your bulging inbox is preventing an escape to the pub, we have a refreshing solution. A study in the journal Consciousness and Cognition found that two pints over lunch can top up the creativity needed to boss your afternoon workload. Assuming you have the self-discipline to go back to the office, that is.
In the study, 40 men were tasked with completing a series of puzzles. Beer drinkers with a blood alcohol content of 0.075% solved the problems more quickly than their sober counterparts – the booze had given them a cognitive edge. So, for fast results, maybe hold your next meeting at the Red Lion.
There are long-term benefits, too. Separate research found that xanthohumol, a compound in hops, protects against degenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
If your boss disapproves, counter with this: in comparison to the EU average, Britons are perilously overworked, and our extra hours don’t translate into a job well done. Eurostat figures show that our productivity lags far behind that of, say, France, despite working 103.5 more hours per year. The solution? An hour in your local suntrap with an icy pint or two. Cheers to that.