Study: This Is How Happy Alcohol Makes You

When it comes to drinking, scientists usually focus on how bad it can be for you– but what about how much fun you can have doing it? Researchers from the London School of Economics used an app they created called Mappiness, to survey 31,000 users on their happiness at random locations several times a day, on a scale of 1 to 100. They found that when users were drinking, their happiness increased by 10.79 points. Since drinking often occurs when other pleasurable events are happening (like hanging out with friends), the scientists controlled for those outside factors, and still they found that drinking increased happiness by 4 points– which is considered a significant amount. Researchers note, “Drinking had the greatest impact when it came alongside otherwise unenjoyable activities (traveling/ commuting, waiting), and only increased the happiness of already enjoyable activities by smaller amounts (socializing, making love).” Also notable, while alcohol did boost happiness in the short term, it was not shown to make users more content in the long term. (Time