From the December 1976 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Startling Discovery

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Alcohol obliterates intelligent conversation, according to three University of California psychiatrists. The researchers gave 18 young couples two very stiff drinks per person and taped the ensuing babble. An analysis of the transcript showed the drinkers paid little attention to what anyone else said. Instead, they tended to interrupt and soliloquize. The researchers later gave the same group two placebo drinks, and the conversations were uniformly more interactive, unselfish, and lucid.

-- Moneysworth

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