Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Alcohol Alcohol. 2015 May;50(3):296-301. doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agv010. Epub 2015 Feb 25.

Increased facial attractiveness following moderate, but not high, alcohol consumption.

Author information

1
School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK.
2
School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit (IEU) at the University of Bristol, Bristol, UK UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK.
3
Department of Psychology, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
4
School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit (IEU) at the University of Bristol, Bristol, UK UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK marcus.munafo@bristol.ac.uk.

Abstract

AIMS:

Alcohol consumption is known to be associated with risky sexual behaviours, but this relationship may be complex and bidirectional. We explored whether alcohol consumption leads to the consumer being rated as more attractive than sober individuals.

METHODS:

Heterosexual social alcohol consumers completed an attractiveness-rating task, in which they were presented with pairs of photographs depicting the same individual, photographed while sober and after having consumed alcohol (either 0.4 or 0.8 g/kg), and required to decide which image was more attractive.

RESULTS:

Photographs of individuals who had consumed a low dose of alcohol (equivalent to 250 ml of wine at 14% alcohol by volume for a 70 kg individual) were rated as more attractive than photographs of sober individuals. This was not observed for photographs of individuals who had consumed a high dose of alcohol.

CONCLUSION:

In addition to perceiving others as more attractive, a mildly intoxicated alcohol consumer may also be perceived as more attractive by others. This in turn may play a role in the relationship between alcohol consumption and risky sexual behaviour.

PMID:
25716115
PMCID:
PMC4398990
DOI:
10.1093/alcalc/agv010
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Silverchair Information Systems Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center