A Man Is More Likely To Become Friends With Another Man If He Drinks With Him

Alcohol is the glue that binds friends together, at least if you’re a man, finds science. University of Pittsburgh researchers looked at 720 people, monitoring their interactions with each other while drinking alcohol together. The results showed that while both sexes benefitted from the loosening effects of beer and liquor, men were more likely to smile at each other and experience fewer awkward silences with one another after they’d had a few drinks. Women were more readily able to experience positive ineractions without any outside influence. Researcher Dr. Catherine Fairbairn notes that men don’t desire intimacy and close relationships any less than women, but there is a great deal of evidence that societal ideas about masculinity and masculine gender norms often constrain expressions of warmth and affiliation among men in social settings. (Men’s Health