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A new study confirms what many men have always wanted to believe.  Beer makes men smarter, sort of.  Researchers at the University of Illinois found that men who drank a couple of beers were better at solving brain teasers than men who were sober.  The 40 men in the study were given three words and told to name a fourth to complete a pattern.  For example, "cheese" would complete a pattern with the words "blue," "cottage," and "Swiss."  The 20 men who drank two pints of beer before taking the test solved 40-percent more of the problems three-and-a-half seconds faster than the 20 who were sober.  However, the beer-drinkers who were better at creative problem-solving were worse at working memory tasks.  A report on the study is available on the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences website.

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