Nowadays, an abundance of alcoholic drinks exist such as beer, vodka, wine, gin, rum etc. If alcohol is consumes in high quantities, it becomes very dangerous for our body. Long-term exposure to alcohol has serious consequences. Some of the most dangerous effects of alcohol are liver damage, cardiovascular disease, shrinking the frontal lobes of our brain, and prevent proper removal of harmful substances from ourr body.

Many early societies considered alcohol a gift from gods, leading to the creation of gods such as Dionysus. Other religions forbid, discourage, or restrict consumption of alcoholic drinks for various reasons. In some regions the production, sale, or consumption of alcoholic drinks is forbidden to everybody, regardless of religion.

Lately, an investigation carried out by researchers from the University of Maastricht underpins the concept that alcohol, if consumed in small quantities, may help us master foreign languages.

To conduct the experiment, the researchers recruited 50 people, whose native language was German and studied at the University of Maastricht, and had also recently learned Dutch for this purpose. The scientists offered a drink to all subjects, half of whom were given some alcohol. The exact alcohol quantity was adjusted to the body weight of participants. Subsequently, the subjects conducted a short conversation in Dutch with a trial manager, which was recorded and then two native speakers conducted an evaluation. In addition, the participants had to self-assess their foreign language skills. The results showed that participants, whose drink contained a small percentage of alcohol, were more fluent in Dutch than participants who didn’t consume an alcoholic beverage. In particular, their pronunciation was better than other elements of language learning. However, the two groups did not differ from each other in terms of their self-assessment of foreign language skills (Renner et. al. 2017).

Renner and his colleagues, however, cautioned not to over-interpret the results. This study used only small quantities of alcohol but how higher quantities of alcohol affect our language learning is not studied yet.


COPYRIGHT: This article is property of We Speak Science, a nonprofit institution co-founded by Dr. Detina Zalli (Harvard University) and Dr. Argita Zalli (Imperial College London). The article is written by Dardan Beqaj, M.Sc. Microbiology, Eberhard-Karls University of Tübingen).



1.Dutch courage? Effects of acute alcohol consumption on self-ratings and observer ratings of foreign language skills. Fritz Renner, , Inge Kersbergen, , Matt Field, , Jessica Werthmann, Journal of Psychopharmacology.October,2017