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Beer running makes you smart

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Or maybe because you’re smart you’re a beer runner.

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According to research in the U.S. and U.K., those with higher intelligence than their peers in childhood go on to drink more alcohol throughout their lives. This, of course, is empirical research that has nothing to do with just feeling smarter when you’re drinking.

One hypothesis for this phenomenon, according to Psychology magazine, is alcoholic drinking is a relatively new evolutionary trait. This behavior was created and adopted by smarter humans, as opposed to their not-so-bright counterparts who got their kicks eating fermented rotting fruits.

Now couple this with traditional research that shows cardio exercise like running and cycling boosts cognitive function. Exercise makes you more alert, increases blood flow to the brain, and has been shown to improve memory, information processing and decision making abilities.

The upshot? Smarter people drink beer. Running makes you sharper.

If you’re reading this, you just might be a freaking genius.


Tim Cigelske is DRAFT's Beer Runner. (Beer Run•ner [noun]: Someone equally devoted to fine beer appreciation and an active, healthy lifestyle. Ex. "John downed four microbrews at the triathlon finish line. He's a total beer runner.”) Follow Tim on Twitter @TheBeerRunner, and email him at beerrunner [at] draftmag.com.


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