Updated: Oct 20
👉 A cheeky glass of wine with dinner.
👉 A cheeky beer while watching the footy.
👉 A cheeky cocktail to unwind after work.
For many, alcohol is a beloved part of our social rituals and everyday relaxation. 😌
But did you know… a cheeky sip can increase your creative ideas? 🤯
Yep, a recent study in 2020 suggests that low levels of alcohol might reduce our inhibitions and anxiety, allowing more creative ideas to flow. 👌
“When participants reached a 0.075% blood alcohol level (this is around 3 drinks in 2hours for the average adult) - they actually performed better on creative problem-solving tasks compared to when they were sober.” 🙌🍾🥂
BUT… before you go rushing off to the nearest bar for “inspiration” 🏃♂️💨
The benefits of booze were modest with just a 10-15% increase over sober levels…
And if you went above that ‘sweet-spot’, it caused creativity to quickly deteriorate - impairing judgement, co-ordination and decision-making. 😯
While a small amount of alcohol (aka little sips) may reduce stress and loosen lips and hips… it is NOT a magical creativity serum! 🤔🚫
Rather than prescribing alcohol there are many healthy ways to stimulate your imagination that don't require a drink:
🌳 Taking a walk and enjoying nature's beauty
🏋♂️ Gentle exercise
🎵 Listening to music
So, the next time you crave a glass of wine or beer to get that EXTRA dose of courage, confidence or creativity…
Remember that moderation and mindfulness are the key. 😉