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Do beer goggles really exist?

Apparently, yes.

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DOES DRINKING alcohol influence your perception of another person’s attractiveness?

According to two scientists in London, yes it does.

In a video report on the BBC, Dr Lewis Halsey of the University of Roehampton worked from the theory that people are more attracted to faces with highly symettrical features.

In their tests, Halsey and his colleague showed a series of two images of faces, one of which was slightly more symmetrical than the other, to a group of people who were drinking alcohol.

Halsey said their photo tests provided reasonable evidence that alcohol consumption has an impact on a person’s ability to discern symmetrical features and that this is “part of the mechanism” people refer to as beer goggles.

Watch the report on Halsey’s experiment in full on the BBC >

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