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Beer goggles do exist, say scientists

We've all used the excuse that it was the beer goggles that led to an unfortunate kiss with an ugly duckling, but scientists have now proved that alcohol does make the opposite sex seem more attractive.

Boffins from Bristol University ran a test in which male and female volunteers were allocated either a drink of vodka and lime or a similar-tasting soft drink.

Half an hour later, they were asked to rate the attractiveness of 20 male and 20 female faces on a seven-point scale.

Those who had been drinking alcohol scored the faces around 10 per cent higher than those who had not.

Apparently us men suffer worse with beer goggles and the affect can hang around for as long as 24 hours.

Meanwhile, a survey in Australia has found that men and women's judgement about the opposite sex was quite different to how they felt when sober, while they also considered themselves to be more attractive too.

The poll of more than 1,000 people found a third of drinkers felt more attractive after sinking a few beers while one in four thought other people were better looking.

However, bad news lads, only three per cent of women found men who had had a few drinks attractive, but it is not like that is going to stop any of us on our stag do is it.