By Telegraph reporters 11:44AM GMT 03 Mar 2013
‘Beer goggles’, the phenomenon used to explain how a few stiff drinks can transform the plainest face into something much more attractive, has been revealed as a myth by a brain expert.
The area of the brain that makes us want to mate keeps functioning, no matter how much we drink, meaning that people can still assess how visually-appealing others are, says Dr Amanda Ellison.
“We still see others basically as they are,” she said. “There is no imagined physical transformation – just more desire.”
Dr Ellison, senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Durham University, has found that a fluke of nature sees alcohol closing down the section of the mind that stops us acting on impulse long before it deadens the ‘reptilian’ part responsible for our sexual urges.
The area of the brain that makes us want to mate is the oldest part – and located so far down that it keeps functioning however much we drink – until we are ready to pass out.