Can drinking more beer help you achieve your goals?

Maybe.

A new study shows that alcohol makes us focus on a goal’s desirability instead of its feasiblity. Basically, that means we think more about what we want and less about how realistic our chances of getting it are.

If you’ve ever had one too many and done something stupid, you’re probably nodding right now.

Peer Reviewed By My Neurons offers an interesting perspective on how, for some, this could be part of a strategy for goal achievement:

In other words, for people who are bad at cost-benefit analysis because they are too risk-averse, alcohol can occasionally nudge them to make better decisions by shifting the lens through which they view costs and benefits from one that focuses on feasibility to one that focuses on desirability. (Emphasis on occasionally. This probably is not the case when it comes to deciding whether to toilet paper you boss’ house.) On the other hand, for people who do a good job weighing the desirability and feasibility of certain outcomes, alcohol is less likely to be beneficial.

Maybe this is why they call it “liquid courage.”

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