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Male misconceptions about alcohol

Charity exposes myths about men, drink and sexual attraction and explains why going dry in January may improve their chances
WebMD UK Health News
Medically Reviewed by Dr Keith David Barnard

17th December 2012 - A third of men think they are more attractive to the opposite sex after drinking alcohol but women didn't necessarily agree. In a survey of 4,000 adults by Cancer Research UK only 13% of women thought their partner more appealing after a drink and two in five (42%) said they hated it when their other halves were drunk.

The survey was commissioned by Cancer Research UK to mark its new fundraising campaign, Dryathlon, where people raise money in January by keeping off the booze which, according to the survey, may also improve their chances with the opposite sex.

Alcohol misconceptions

One in five men believe they are better in bed after a boozy night, while almost half (43 per cent) claim to be wittier after a few drinks.

However, two in five women (42%) didn't think alcohol boosts their partner's performance in bed and nearly a third of females (30%) feel their partner is not funnier when drunk.

Two in five men (40%) believe they are better dancers after drinking but more than a third of women (37%) said alcohol does nothing to boost a man's moves on the dance floor.

The poll found almost a third (31%) of men thought they were more likely to attract a partner after a drink although more than a quarter of men (28%) admitted to making calls or texts when drunk which they later regretted.


Ed Aspel, from Cancer Research says in a press release: "We wanted to explore some of the myths we thought men held on to about how they appeared to the opposite sex after a drink or two."

The survey suggests there are a number of reasons to stay off the booze but as an added incentive Cancer Research UK is launching Dryathlon to encourage drinkers to give up alcohol throughout January and raise funds for the charity at the same time. People can either donate the cost of their drinks, get sponsored or maybe challenge a friend to see who can keep off alcohol the longest.

"The fact that 42% of all women hate it when their partners are drunk is a pretty good incentive to give Dryathlon a go and stay off the booze for a month. Not only might they have more luck with the ladies, they can do it in the knowledge that they’re raising money for a good cause at the same time," says Ed Aspel.

The charity's Dryathlon website page includes an easy to use sliding calculator which quickly shows how much cash you're spending on drink and how many calories you’re ingesting.

Reviewed on December 17, 2012

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