SOME SMART DRINK­ING

Men's Health (UK) - - In This Issue -

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.

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