How having just the one drink can make you look more gorgeous, according to science

But having more than one drink doesn't increase the effect

Lamiat Sabin
Wednesday 04 March 2015 09:21
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Keep this in mind next time you go on a date. Drinking one alcoholic drink could make you look more attractive – but any more than that doesn’t help your chances, according to a new study.

As well finding others more attractive while drunk, it now seems that a small amount of alcohol could make you look more eye-catching to others among a heavy-boozing crowd.

Mildly-intoxicated people were rated as better-looking after one drink compared to when they were sober. The new-found attractiveness doesn’t stack up with every drink though, as the limit stands at one, according to the findings.

Researchers of a small study at the University of Bristol photographed faces of 40 students before they had a drink, after one drink – equivalent to 250ml of wine at 14% alcohol for a person weighing 70kg – and after a second drink of the same volume and strength.

Their neutral facial expressions were rated by a separate group of students in side-by-side photo comparisons. The images taken after one drink were said to look more attractive than drunk or sober ones.

A small amount of alcohol can drive blood flow to the cheeks to give a rosy or healthy-looking glow. It is also speculated that more relaxed and happy faces – usually enabled by the one drink – are deemed more gorgeous than those of people who drank another... and another.

Drinking one too many drinks is not a good look, according to the study

Sober photos were more attractive than those taken after two drinks, researchers found, so – according to the study – it is probably best to limit the drinking to just the one if you’re seeking to make a good first impression.

Researchers were looking to see if sexual behaviour in social settings, particularly risky sexual behaviour, is influenced by the drinking of booze. However, they said that a larger-scale study would need to be held to delve deeper into their initial findings.

They said: “The present study suggests that alcohol consumption also increases ratings of attractiveness of the consumer by other people.

“That is, in addition to perceiving others as more attractive, an alcohol consumer may also be perceived by others as more attractive, and therefore receive greater sexual interest from potential mates.

“An increase in such attention from others may also positively reinforce alcohol consumption, particularly in social contexts.”

The study was published in the Alcohol and Alcoholism journal.

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