Beer Goggles Aren’t Real (You’re Just A Horny Drunk): Study

beer goggles don't existYou wake up, groggy and aching all over, to discover that the person you brought home from the bar isn’t nearly as attractive as you thought after your ninth pint of lager.

Damn those beer goggles, right?

Apparently not.

A new study released this week by Durham University in the U.K. shatters the myth that booze magically transforms gargoyles into goddesses in your mind’s eye.

Dr. Amanda Ellison, the lead researcher of the new study, said alcohol doesn’t make people prettier, but instead just makes them hornier and less inhibited.

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“There is no imagined physical transformation, just more desire,” Dr. Ellison said in the British press.

“Alcohol switches off the rational and decision-making areas of the brain while leaving the areas to do with sexual desire relatively intact.”

Dr. Ellison seems to be making a career out of examining manly myths. Earlier this year, she authored a paper that demonstrated the so-called “man flu” — the mysterious male-only ailment that most women had previously equated to mere wimpiness — is actually a real thing.

Whereas the “man flu” revelation was vindicating for men everywhere, the “beer goggles” discovery is damning. It shatters the beloved notion that an ill-fated one-night stand can be blamed on the deceptively beautifying effects of booze, and instead suggests that we’re a bunch of sloppy, desperate horndogs when we drink.

But there’s a plus side. Although this study indicates alcohol won’t make people look more attractive to you, previous studies have shown that it does indeed make you feel more attractive. French researchers showed last year that a bit of daily drinking will make you feel more confident about your looks.

So bottoms up, and go flirt with that “pretty” girl at the bar, Casanova. Just don’t blame the goggles when she seems a bit less enticing in the morning.

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