People look best after one drink
While you may hear a lot about “beer goggles”--that a person looks more attractive after you have a few drinks--not much research has been done on how consuming alcohol may make you look. But now researchers say that if you want to look your best at a bar or party, you should limit how much you consume to one drink.
The scientists gathered 40 students from the University of Bristol in the U.K. and took three photos: once when the participants were sober, once after they drank one glass of wine, and once after having a second drink. Facial expressions were all neutral.
A separate group of heterosexual students then rated how attractive they found the volunteers side by side photos. Researchers presented photos of a sober person next to a person who had one drink or a sober person next to a person who had two drinks. Consistently, photos of people who had one drink were rated as more attractive than the sober photos. But once a person had two drinks, they were rated as better-looing in their sober photos.
The researchers said that the effect that alcohol can have on appearance, such as reddening cheeks or dilating pupils, may explain why people appeared more attractive after one drink.