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Opening Arguments

Take two for the team

Well, bless my soul:

Drinking alcohol may enhance a person’s problem solving skills, according to a new study.

Scientists found that men who either drank two pints of beer or two glasses of wine before solving brain teasers not only got more questions right, they also were quicker in delivering correct answers, compared to men who answered the questions sober.

Of course, sticking with two might be the issue. A couple of drinks might enhance problem solving skills, but they tend to impair judgment, too. Hey, if those two didn't hurt me, one more shouldn't, right? And I'm not just bloviating here.  I did my own field research, back in the waning days of oldtimer journalism when us crusty newspaper types were expected to take a belt or two. I don't want to say two-drink lunches were commom, but they certainly weren't unheard of. On the days when we just had two, the writing did seem to go better. On the days when we slipped and had three, well, let's just say the afternoons sailed by.

Ah, one of the sad effects of aging. If I had as much as a glass of wine with lunch these days, I'd nod off by 1:30.