Drinking and creativity

- November 1st, 2012

There’s an old stereotype about the newsroom, largely true based on what I’ve heard from colleagues, about how much drinking on the job there used to be.

There are many that believe that drinking on the job creates nothing but problems, and I can see how it could make a mess of things.

But it’s not all bad, the folks at kegworks.com report.

The findings of the study showed that subjects who were given alcohol were better at solving creative puzzles.

Not a ringing endorsement for drinking on the job, mind you, but a reminder that some of my most creative moments came after having a couple of beers, and suggests drinking isn’t ALWAYS the social ill some make it out to be.

But obviously, there’s a fine line between a casual drink and a workplace problem that can lead to liabilities and such.

Definitely food for thought, though.

Categories: Drinking

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1 comment

  1. Jamie Sadler says:

    I think it depends on the work: a surgeon who has a cheeky snifter mid operation to remind them which bit went where would be a less then ideal.
    It’s dangerous territory, “more drinks” does not mean “more creative”, as an amatuer writer I have fallen in the gap where by a drink can loosen you up, and then it’s going well so another one won’t hurt, and then the drivel starts pouring out along with all the “genius”…

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