Back in 2012, no fewer than nine researchers conducted a psychological study. In this study, they discovered that drinking alcohol can be fun. But we might be sneering at their discovery, and respond with a “so what?” It’s true after all that this does not sound like an earth-shattering conclusion.
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But the team, led by Michael A. Sayette of the University of Pittsburgh, pointed out that many previous studies had found no statistically significant mood improvements when people drink. That’s largely because they typically studied drinkers in isolation. “It is unsurprising that, without considering social context, investigators have struggled to explain effects of alcohol on affect and the mechanisms underlying these effects,” they write.
So what happened when they investigated the topic at a larger context? Find out the answer over at JSTOR Daily.
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