Alcohol Can Enhance Creativity—But at a Cost

By Brian Lemay 100 comments

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episode! Go to to learn more. [ ♪ INTRO ] Maybe you’ve heard the advice, “write drunk,
and edit sober.” Or about the “Ballmer peak” — that people
write computer code best if they calibrate their blood alcohol level to be just right. Even if these are meant as jokes, lots of
writers and artists use alcohol to try to get their creative juices flowing. And it turns out researchers have, in fact,
spent some time studying whether some alcohol can make you more creative — and they’ve
found that it does, at least in some ways. But as you might guess, there are limits to
this, and you shouldn’t go overboard. To start, it helps to know what alcohol actually
does in your brain. And from animal studies, we know that alcohol
stimulates the release of the neurotransmitter GABA, short for gamma-aminobutyric acid, which
is an inhibitory neurotransmitter, meaning it makes neurons a little less likely to fire. That’s actually one of the main ways it
lowers your inhibitions. Turns out, restraining yourself takes thought. Studies have found people who have been drinking
do worse at something called a go/no-go task, for example. That’s a game where people usually have to
press a button if a rule is followed, but not if it breaks a second rule. Like for example, push a button if you see
a red shape, but not if it’s a red square So most people get an urge to click, but then
need to pull back from it. In a 2014 study of 50 volunteers, this struggle
to follow the rules was linked to reduced activation of two brain regions: the insula
and occipito-temporal cortex. Sober participants activated those areas a
lot more when they were keeping themselves from pushing a button; the participants with
a blood alcohol content between 0.06 % and 0.07% had less activation, and were more likely
to push the button when they shouldn’t. Since alcohol lowers inhibitions, you might
think it makes sense that it could help you be more creative. After all, if it helps the words flow out
of your mouth to that random person at the bar, it might also help words flow out of
your brain onto a piece of paper. And researchers have looked into this — but
since it’s hard to test whether writing or art become objectively better, they turned
to some measures psychologists use to gauge creative thinking‚ like the remote associates
test. That’s where you have to figure out how 3
different things are related. Like, if I said foul, ground, and mate, you
might want to come up with “play” as a word that commonly goes with all of them. Basically, it’s a challenge that requires
some creative thinking. In a 2012 study, researchers recruited 20
people as drinkers, and 20 others to serve as controls who stayed sober. Then, and this is just what they did, they
gave the drinking group vodka cranberries while they watched Ratatouille until their
blood alcohol level got to about 0.075 % — close, but not over the legal driving limit in the
U.S. Sounds like a good day. Compared to the group who only watched the
movie, those who drank solved way more of the remote associates problems, and did so
more quickly, too. Follow-up research looked at why this works. This time, they aimed for a lower blood alcohol
level of about 0.03, and this allowed them to use a placebo control group — that’s
low enough that people might not have known whether they were drinking or not. Oh, and they replaced vodka cranberries with
beer, and Ratatouille with a documentary about South Africa. It’s in a paper, so I thought guess we just
mention it. They found the same thing as before — improved
scores on a remote associates test. But the drinkers didn’t improve on a test
designed to measure divergent thinking: naming as many uses as possible for common items
like a shoe. So it’s not that alcohol makes you universally
more creative — it’s more like it makes it harder for you to keep your attention in
one place. And when you’re looking for random connections,
that might actually be a good thing. The buzzed participants also did worse on
a test of executive control, which is a set of abilities you use when you’re doing some
effortful thinking, like working memory and response inhibition. Specifically they took a two-back test. Basically, they had to report whether a letter
they were given was the same as the one two before it. All of which goes to show the small amount
of alcohol was impairing their thinking — just in a way that made them do better on one measure
of creativity. And that’s because, in the end, “creativity”
isn’t a single process in our brains. There are parts of it that require some real
thought, and others where you might do better if you don’t overthink it. And alcohol is great at helping you not think
things. But even this isn’t the whole story, because
alcohol also has expectancy effects. Basically, you have some expectations of what
will happen when you drink, and then you behave accordingly. One study of 116 men manipulated both whether
they were assigned to get alcohol or not, and whether they were told they were going
to be drinking or not. They even brushed the rims of glasses with
vodka in the placebo group — those that were told they were getting alcohol but didn’t
— to make it convincing. And the participants’ performance on a creative
card sorting task improved when they thought they’d been drinking — but not necessarily
when they actually were. Which is to say that most of the time when
you drink, you’re not in a randomized, placebo-controlled trial — you know you’re drinking. So you might overestimate how much your abilities
improve as a result. And you might overestimate how awesome your
alcohol-inspired creativity is it in the moment, too. Like, in that first study with the vodka crans
and Ratatouille, the participants who had been drinking rated their correct answers
as way more insightful than the sober folks did. And that might be because alcohol stimulates
the release of dopamine and serotonin — both of which are often called feel-good neurotransmitters. They’re probably why people like to drink
in the first place, since dopamine is a key part of your brain’s reward system. And research has linked it to things like
curiosity and the experience of insight. But the flood of dopamine you get from drinking
could falsely make you think you’ve done something incredible, because you might feel
that glorious “Aha!” you get when you create beautiful things from the booze instead
of your work. And even if drinking might improve some elements
of your thinking, it’s good to remember it impairs others. Like, one study found that having a 0.05%
blood alcohol level made performance on memory and learning tests worse than staying awake
for 24 hours. So if you’ve been drinking, you might not
remember the details of, say, what you wrote on the previous page. Alcohol seems to have the effect of making
complicated situations seem simple — so like if you’re writing the next big mystery
novel, drinking too much might make it harder for you to weave in the right amount of misdirection
for your M.-Night-Shyamalan-style plot twist. In the end, it’s possible alcohol can help
you a little, but it’s good to remember, obviously not to go overboard. All of these studies were testing blood alcohol
levels below the usual legal driving limit. And hopefully, we’re not the first to tell
you that there are some health risks to drinking too much alcohol. So drink responsibly. And if you do have a glass of wine to help
the words flow a little more easily, be sure you edit your work in the morning. If you’re thinking about how creative you
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Jun 6, 2019, 7:01 pm Reply

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Jun 6, 2019, 1:24 pm Reply

Was playing pool with friends, had one beer, won every match after ?


Jun 6, 2019, 2:19 pm Reply

I wonder if any of the donors to this channel are alcohol lobbyist.

Silent Sahara

Jun 6, 2019, 3:34 pm Reply

so alcohol has some good, but it's mostly bad. makes sense. but you didn't mention that drinking alcohol is an insult to our race which is distinguished over others by its superior intelligence

Xingyuan Zhao

Jun 6, 2019, 4:07 pm Reply

What a coincidence, just listened to Stephen King On Writing this morning about his alcoholic writing history, and this video came up.

Mr Nice Guy

Jun 6, 2019, 4:23 pm Reply

The thing about alcohol is finding the sweet spot. If you’re just buzzed you’ll sober up pretty fast and need to drink, but you drink more and you’ll lose the benefit s

Nerdlin Geeksly

Jun 6, 2019, 5:22 pm Reply

everything in moderation too much of a good thing can be a bad thing and two little sinful pleasure makes Jim a dull boy


Jun 6, 2019, 6:07 pm Reply

I just watched the fake meat episode on the main channel and enjoyed the testing segments, so when I saw this title, I was kind of hoping a few of you were going to Painting With a Twist. Oh well. Still fun.

Georgia f

Jun 6, 2019, 6:19 pm Reply

don't show wine mums this video

Parrot Parrot

Jun 6, 2019, 6:38 pm Reply

Cheers, I'll drink to that


Jun 6, 2019, 6:42 pm Reply

Can You please do a video on dissasociative Identity disorder and the myths and facts about the condition?


Jun 6, 2019, 6:51 pm Reply

Thc is wayy better for that buddy.


Jun 6, 2019, 6:53 pm Reply

So my alcoholic parent was creative and intelligent while using me as a punching bag. This is why I am a teetotaler and dumb.

Fred Red

Jun 6, 2019, 7:24 pm Reply

But does heroin really help musicians?

Rogerio Pereira da Silva

Jun 6, 2019, 8:06 pm Reply

Now repeat those tests replacing alcohol with marijuana. It should be an interesting experiment, to say the least! I had a co-worker years ago who was mostly responsible for the visual design of our products that already was a genius but somehow got even more creative after indulging himself on pot… Always found that amusing.

Grace Yang

Jun 6, 2019, 8:07 pm Reply

Why would you ditch Ratatouille…


Jun 6, 2019, 8:32 pm Reply

I would recommend micro-dosing LSD instead. Really curious how they measure up with these tests.

Nicolai Veliki

Jun 6, 2019, 8:50 pm Reply

When I open a bottle of wine, I don't drink just one glass. I drink the entire bottle, and 3 more after that, and then I get vodka shots

Ngasiirwe Katushabe

Jun 6, 2019, 9:11 pm Reply

3:30: What about South Africa?

Corey Pauley

Jun 6, 2019, 9:45 pm Reply

Nothing new about the Balmer Peak

Karis Coyne

Jun 6, 2019, 10:29 pm Reply

TIL America has a really high legal driving BAC limit

Phobos Maelstrom

Jun 6, 2019, 10:50 pm Reply

It just helps me calm down, which helps for drawing/painting

Essence Ocean

Jun 6, 2019, 11:29 pm Reply

Here’s another perspective: Has anyone noticed that great artists tend to come from trauma/undiagnosed disorders?
So maybe the ability of alcohol to loosen their inhibitions helps them to reach ‘normal’ so that they can communicate what’s going on in their heads?

I’m a writer and before I got treatment I’d say I was using alcohol to self-medicate. How else could I write my papers? If I didn’t have at least a glass of wine I couldn’t do anything. I was paranoid people were going to kill me. I was afraid of my own family. My thoughts were jumbled. One glass of alcohol and I wrote the best papers in my college classes. I was a 14 yr old sophomore at the time writing alongside 18-21 yr olds and I was the best in the classes I took.

I don’t doubt for someone who’s healthy this holds up but for someone who’s hidden abuse their whole life and needs something, anything, to loosen their inhibitions so that even if they’re not safe to talk about it, it can at least ALLUDE to what happened thru images in their artwork or symbolism in their writing, that can mean the WORLD to us.

And no, I’m not condoning underage drinking.

Marcello Criscione

Jun 6, 2019, 11:49 pm Reply

It Is only me or he seemed drunk in this video?

Therapy for Nerds

Jun 6, 2019, 12:21 am Reply

So I guess there’s some truth to the “write drunk, edit sober,” saying after all.

Peggy Harris

Jun 6, 2019, 12:29 am Reply

What would Charles Bukowski say?

Dee B

Jun 6, 2019, 12:45 am Reply

I drink ethyl alcohol. I am a genius now.


Jun 6, 2019, 12:47 am Reply

not a drinker, but I did enjoy the analysis.


Jun 6, 2019, 1:44 am Reply

I hate doing work while drunk.


Jun 6, 2019, 2:09 am Reply

At least do a good drug. Smoke weed.

Rick C

Jun 6, 2019, 2:40 am Reply

Divergent thought needs thc, not alcohol.


Jun 6, 2019, 3:00 am Reply

I think the added temporary interneuronal synapse connections thanks to marijuana and especially the psychedelics (not alcohol) are literal wiring upgrades to our brains that can be made permanent through normal neuroplasticity learning. These new connections give parts of our brains new access to both our current sensory perceptions, heightening them and making us more appreciative of everything we experience, while also giving parts of our brains new access to memories making even our memories heightened with literally new mental perspectives on them. It’s like a physical empathy, giving our brains the ability to have new and more diverse perspectives on everything, past and present.

These substances widely have the reputation as creativity-enhancers but I think actually they’re empathy-enhancers creating new perspectives, giving artists greater ability to imagine how a wider audience will perceive their work while it’s in progress, making it more creative as a result.

Legalize, release, expunge and give industry advantages to the minorities most harmed.

Light 5

Jun 6, 2019, 4:53 am Reply

You said spent "SOME" time. How much time? Do they drink is the real science?


Jun 6, 2019, 5:36 am Reply

Always bizarre when a science channel mentions sommelier. Like, do I have to rub your nose in the literature or are you going to clean up the mess yourself?


Jun 6, 2019, 6:05 am Reply

This explains why i drunk crochet lmao I'll make hats and scarfs in a crazy fast time when i try to do the same sober… it takes a few days lol


Jun 6, 2019, 6:08 am Reply

Christopher Hitchens.
I rest my case 🙂


Jun 6, 2019, 6:14 am Reply

Don't drink and drive! And almost as importantly, don't drink and text!

Greg Camp

Jun 6, 2019, 6:16 am Reply

Some is good. More leads to giving up on the creative process in favor of just watching endless YouTube videos.

Matias Yp

Jun 6, 2019, 6:17 am Reply

*absolute win

Substance N

Jun 6, 2019, 6:30 am Reply

What if you had lsd or psilocybin rather than alcohol?

Ryan Demond

Jun 6, 2019, 7:51 am Reply

That’s funny. 0.075. I Japan you’re in jail. I have LLI. These vid talks about li, latent inhibition. I have low li, hence LLI.
Drunk isn’t about gaining an ability . Most LLI people don’t drink. So we restrict our opinions. Alcohol opens our inhibitions. Hahaha. Yes, I’m opening mine now. 44 years, I deserve it. One thing about LLI people is that getting drunk effects one side of the brain. We can still evaluate complex equations exactly the same as sober. But the things that confuse us, sounds and All items in view, become muted. We can focus on one item. It’s nice. It’s calm.


Jun 6, 2019, 8:17 am Reply

If you’re an alcoholic hit like ⬇️

Tari Tangeo

Jun 6, 2019, 8:31 am Reply

Sooo, train not overthinking while writimg your first draft and you might avoid alchoholism.

Anthony Vitera

Jun 6, 2019, 8:34 am Reply

Drunk right now.
Wear on your feet.
Throw over a clothes line.
Kill a bug.
Hold a door open.

Carson k

Jun 6, 2019, 9:24 am Reply

Just smoke weed


Jun 6, 2019, 2:41 pm Reply

Go watch ‘the inebriati’ sketch of Mitchell and Webb


Jun 6, 2019, 2:47 pm Reply

From my personal experience Alcohol definitely doesn't make me more creative.
Edit: 3:40 ah that's why.


Jun 6, 2019, 3:34 pm Reply

I always drink when I paint Abstract art, but never I draw digitally

Randi tafellappen

Jun 6, 2019, 3:45 pm Reply

Thousands of years of history of alcohol all leading up to the machine breeding scene in neir automata

Nicholas Duarte

Jun 6, 2019, 4:22 pm Reply

LOVE THE SUBSTANCE EPISODE>>> there are SO many misconceptions about all sorts of substances from coffee naps (ty for that episode too) to crack giving people superpowers. Because it is so up in the air and access to such research is so difficult to attain, I truly believe in the productivity of these kinds of episodes and would love to see more psych or scishow episodes on marijuana and its effects on behavior/the brain– whatever is out there I know people would have an open mind to it because scischow fans are the BEST

Alpha Shadow

Jun 6, 2019, 5:46 pm Reply

So basically, being drunk is like having ADHD? It prevents you from focusing too much on one thing.
I'm curious, could drinking be beneficial under certain circumstances? For example, would drinking a glass of wine or a bottle of beer everyday help with things like PTSD?

Kim Herseth

Jun 6, 2019, 8:26 pm Reply

I am not a writer with a alcohol problem, I`m an alcoholic with a writing problem


Jun 6, 2019, 9:57 pm Reply

Alcohol just makes me tired. Really doesn't make me more creative that I have noticed.


Jun 6, 2019, 2:09 am Reply

If you get drunk on vodka cranberries, does this mean that you technically got crunked?

Joseph Fuller

Jun 6, 2019, 3:54 am Reply

I used to get a bottle of Jack, oils, canvas and turn on the music. I would wake up the next day naked and covered in paint. However, some of the paint did get on the canvas, mostly reflections of the Iraq War, and it looked… …horrific.

at BitcoinJake09

Jun 6, 2019, 5:17 am Reply

Lol I'm Dr uhh nk right now :£

Edit: drunk* & :p*

Hepo Slis

Jun 6, 2019, 12:28 pm Reply

There are other drugs that are more relevant to creativity.

Nathan Miles

Jun 6, 2019, 1:35 pm Reply

I love Hank! It's been years and it still seems like he's genuinely into making these videos and not just reading Cue cards. His ad lib commentary is gold lol

Blackstar 76

Jun 6, 2019, 2:48 pm Reply

As a professional drunk I'd like to thank Sci-show for this fascinating and thought-provoking insight. FECK ARSE BOOZE!

Persona Slates

Jun 6, 2019, 4:33 pm Reply

You're better off using mushrooms for a safer, more creative drug.

al katraz

Jun 6, 2019, 7:26 pm Reply

Everytime I dsign something for a client's tattoo, A couple bottles of beer does help..


Jun 6, 2019, 9:47 pm Reply

Same as all drug

Jasmine Lav.

Jun 6, 2019, 10:12 pm Reply

Personally, it's not that I'm more creative when I drink, it's just that it relaxes me and allows me to actually enjoy the process, instead of obsessing whether everything is good enough. (Note: I'm talking about a glass of wine. I'm buzzed at BEST.)

Eric P

Jun 6, 2019, 11:45 pm Reply

I think it's worthwhile to experiment with different mental states while writing. Write drunk, write sober, write stoned, write sleepy, write caffeinated. I've had a few intoxicated gems that never would have occurred to me sober.

Joshua Evans-Lowell

Jul 7, 2019, 4:28 am Reply

I have heard that the Haitian Declaration of Independence was written while drunk. (Source: Revolutions Podcast)

Double M.M. Bunny

Jul 7, 2019, 7:17 am Reply

Ok, and what about those people who are inversely affected by Alcohol, i.e., all the social and anecdotal beneficial idea's society claims happens when you drink alcohol, ABSOLUTELY none of them happen to this one person, so much so that even this scientific test that showed a potential for a beneficial reaction under very specific circumstances wouldn't even happen? The one person where Alcohol was end to end a bad experience from the taste, feel of it going down, to inhibitions actually getting worse and harder to talk to people and creativity getting shot all too a fiery eternity, and experienced nothing more then the lose of balance, that thing called "beer Goggles" and the hangover headache with piss smelling like alcohol when it comes out AND REMEMBER EVERYTHING!!! CLEARLY!!! I mean OMG, how in the hell do you people even manage to say anything good about alcohol?!?!?!

I must be the only person on the planet that can sincerely say, I hate Alcohol cause I get nothing good out of it… and not need a religious reason to explain why I abstain form it.

Bryan Ferris

Jul 7, 2019, 1:55 pm Reply

Much better than fear mongering

your boy blue

Jul 7, 2019, 9:56 pm Reply

Please do a general topic about psychedelics and creativity as well!


Jul 7, 2019, 2:07 am Reply

This is why it’s so hard to stop drinking when you’re already drunk


Jul 7, 2019, 2:54 am Reply

Yes. This is true. My art is so much better drunk

Phoenix Christ

Jul 7, 2019, 9:15 am Reply

I am pretty inebriated right now. So let's see where this video goes


Jul 7, 2019, 1:24 am Reply

I'm ready to get creative, I got 2 more hours in this hell hole… then I'll be a regular Michelangelo.

Mystee Pulcine

Jul 7, 2019, 2:13 am Reply

In my calculus 2 class we said learn sober, do homework drunk. I would sip straight vodka from a coffee cup over a 3 hour homework session. We all agreed that it boosted creativity and allowed you to come up with creative solutions to problems…. as long as you had learned the concept sober first.


Jul 7, 2019, 5:27 am Reply

So its good but mostly bad?????

Don't care: I'm getting slammed.



Jul 7, 2019, 11:12 pm Reply

0.075 is well drunk imho.

Random Potato

Jul 7, 2019, 12:41 am Reply

Sleep deprivation makes me more creative. What does that mean?

Pașca Alexandru

Jul 7, 2019, 5:03 pm Reply

Of course it comes at a cost. Alcohol is expensive !

Erik Žiak

Jul 7, 2019, 6:15 pm Reply

Too bad that the legal drivin limit is 0% where I live. I would like to drive myself home after having a couple of beers. Like three beers would be enough, during a period of three hours and with food intake as well.

Erik Žiak

Jul 7, 2019, 6:18 pm Reply

Just a couple more beers and I have no problem putting on a record, turning the volume a bit up, enojoy the music and do not care about the neighbors. If they ring and my door, I invite them over for a drink. What shall I play tonight? Maybe Aqualung and then Joe's Garage. Or Abbey Road. Or Fireball… Or Master of Reality!


Jul 7, 2019, 2:31 am Reply

Playing musical instruments is best when drinking. But not drunk

Chris itsmeyay

Jul 7, 2019, 7:59 am Reply

Ok, where are these clinical studies? Why don’t I ever see them around my area??

Josephine René

Jul 7, 2019, 9:17 pm Reply

I love that shirt on camera!!!


Jul 7, 2019, 5:01 pm Reply

Going to see how well I do with a two-back test and remembering the suits of cards.

Fathomistic Fantasy

Jul 7, 2019, 8:29 pm Reply

There are many ways to overcome the art/writers block. Take my advice do anything except that which would hurt or impair some one, including you. I think most people who know me understand that I have many coping mechanisms for my autism and OCD. I also use the same ones to deal with the creator's mental block. Two of the most effective ones I use is age regression and tulpamancy. I am not ashamed to say that I will cuddle with my favorite stuffed animal to clear my mind and then visualize myself as my OC in my wonderland with my tulpas. I can't explain why but, 9 out of 10, it has worked. Becoming your inner child is perhaps the most unappreciated and the most misunderstood thing that exists.

Ben Pitman

Jul 7, 2019, 2:01 am Reply

How does dress affect your emotions and does dressing like the opposite gender have effects

Daniel Renard

Jul 7, 2019, 12:04 am Reply

Well, the secret is out, as to how I animate. ? •́⩊•̀ All thanks to the artistry of ancient Belgian brewing techniques. Cheers!

Elijah Jarrell

Aug 8, 2019, 3:55 am Reply

So being drunk gives you adhd

Bubblegum Bird

Aug 8, 2019, 5:32 pm Reply

It just kills your liver and get fatty liver

Ilya Kuznetsov

Aug 8, 2019, 10:48 am Reply

>ok, it’s time to be creative
>drinks a bottle of vodka
>falls asleep on the floor
>wasn’t that creative?

Mongis Lort

Aug 8, 2019, 12:17 pm Reply

Feeling creative and that my ideas are the best when drinking is why this account exists.

Chandelier C

Aug 8, 2019, 9:43 am Reply

"M. Night. Shyamalan-style plot twist" ???


Aug 8, 2019, 10:33 pm Reply

1:56 ? Release your inhibitions! Feel the rain on your skin ?

John Smith

Aug 8, 2019, 7:47 pm Reply

Alcohol turned Peter into a pianist


Aug 8, 2019, 1:02 pm Reply

I've written some pretty impressive code while high, but alcohol I use to shut down (over)thinking. Gotta have some downtime.


Aug 8, 2019, 6:04 pm Reply

Strange to say, ambien does this for me. I have insomnia so I am prescribed it and when I take it, before bed I will write and when I read is sober, I am stunned of the depth of the content I have written.


Aug 8, 2019, 12:24 am Reply

Programming on booze is a bad idea. A near fatal blood caffeine level helps though.


Aug 8, 2019, 12:48 am Reply

Alcohol improves how my sax solos sound, but only if the audience is drinking it.


Sep 9, 2019, 1:39 am Reply

So can weed and the cost is much less steep.


Sep 9, 2019, 1:44 am Reply

Releasing inhabition can be done through meditation and music, no alcohol or weed required. You just have to be accepting of both the negativity and the positivity within you and then choose the positive. Most people I've noticed steer away from their own internal pain even though that's the portal through which more creativity can be found without the drugs. There are probably even better methods but this is the one I know as of yet.

Tessa T

Sep 9, 2019, 8:32 pm Reply

My husband and I have been taking ballroom dancing lessons for almost 20 years. We are good dancers, him especially because he has to know all the steps to lead and he gets injured less often. At social events with dancing, other people need to have a few drinks before they can get up the nerve to get up and dance. We are happy to dance at any opportunity but then we can't drink if we want to be able to lead, follow, stay tight and in control, remember the complex steps effectively and avoid hurting ourselves. Alcohol releases other people's inhibitions but it impairs our competence.

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