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Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Beer's taste alone gets you a little high.

You know that moment when you sit down, take a sip of beer and instantly feel the stress melt off your shoulders? That feeling is biological. According to a recent study, "our brains start to release euphoric signals in response to the taste of beer, even before alcohol even gets into our blood," reports The Atlantic. "Our bodies anticipate the effects of alcohol by a conditioned response, like Pavlov's dogs."

File this under "I knew it."

P.S. How to keep lipstick off your glass, and 8 fun tips for drinking wine.

(Photo by Aya Brackett)

34 comments:

Erin said...

Interesting! Wonder if this is true for gin, too. All I can think about in reference to the Pavlov experiment is the episode of The Office where Jim 'trains' Dwight to expect a mint every time his computer beeps!

call me debbie said...

This is interesting, I study how addictions affect the central neuron system and we deal a lot with alcohol.

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theshellhammer said...

Love this -- you are right, we all knew it!

-- Al

Molly said...

Haha. "I knew it." There had to be a scientific reason as to why beer is good for ya.

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xo Molly

Ladies in Navy said...

well this makes sense!
kw ladies in navy

Zoomie said...

When I was a little girl, my Dad would sometimes give me the first sip of his beer. I didn't like the beer, but I loved that I was given this privilege by the guy who meant the most to me in the world. Whenever I have a sip of beer, that memory floods back. I miss him still.

Michelle Panting said...

I wonder if this applies to other alcohols as well? Seems logical.

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YuryFrom said...

Oh no, not beer! I like juice :)

Jessie said...

Brilliant! That makes sense, I've had that moment a few times before! Like aaahhh... we're NOT thinking about work ANYMORE! I especially like light, fizzy unoffensive beers with a low ABV that won't make me woozy after a few sips. The redneck in me loves Budweister, I will admit... ;) Also Corona, with lime!

Lisa Pappalardo said...

This is wonderful news!

xo Lisa
Making Life's Lemons

cynthia cidade said...

i knew it!!

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LottiLovesLondon said...

Wine has that same effect on me! :)
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leah ruth said...

so true! just the thought of sitting down to have a cold beer makes me smile and feel at ease.

this week is philly beer week! i am drinking one cold beer a night (and writing about them on my very little blog).

officiallyobsessed.net said...

This is so how I feel about coffee. I'm a wee bit addicted to it, and if I have a headache brought on by not having had my morning coffee yet, my first sip seriously makes the headache start going away. I know that there's no way that the caffeine works immediately, but I can't argue with the effect!

I've noted though that the immediate relief doesn't happen as much with iced coffee, so I think my body also relaxes from that first sip of shockingly hot liquid too?

Rebeka said...

That totally makes sense. Thank you for sharing!

Kate Mothes said...

This is totally right. "I knew it!"

Kate x

Roseann Bath Photography said...

So interesting! I always thought I was a light wight, because I can always feel it after one sip. But I guess it's my brain, not my blood talking.

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The Egg said...

too fun and oh, so true!

xo the egg out west.

marni zarr said...

ya right???! just reading this makes me want a sip.

kyracross said...

mmm sounds good right about now! I hope you do your "father's day gift ideas" I am in need of some :)

Fer said...

I totally knew it! ;)

Meghan said...

Yes, totally knew that! I think the same is true for wine.

Chloe Moon said...

That's totally cool! No wonder I love going to my local brewery so much! =)

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Lee Tenhoeve said...
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Lee Tenhoeve said...

As for the lipstick on the glass, I always thought there was something a little sexy about that. A kind of "my lips were here" flirtation. Is it just me?

Lauren Kingston said...

What a cool article! Thanks for sharing!

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Blossy said...

This is exactly why alcohol free beer is awesome during pregnancy!

Kate said...

My hometown's brewery's motto is "...because without beer, things do not seem to go as well." from the diary of a Capuchin monk here in Kansas who found they couldn't withhold beer from the brothers during fasts or Lent because, well, things did not go as well :)

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whoaaaa...

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Typically, even though alcohol is technically a poison, it also raises serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin generally makes people feel happy and less anxious. And, if we are getting really technical, everything is a poison in large enough doses. Basically my point is that alcohol is awesome in moderation.

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