Published in the journal Addictive Behaviors, the study involved 594 straight college students who were asked to look at 25 photos showing the faces of people of the opposite sex, each of which were labeled as either a non-drinker, social drinker, heavy drinker, or recovering alcoholic maintaining sobriety. Then, the participants were asked to rate each person on their perceived intelligence, attractiveness, likability, and approachability, per the report. The participants rated social drinkers as the most attractive, followed by recovering alcoholics, non-drinkers, and lastly, heavy drinkers.
Researchers believe the participants based their ratings on their own drinking habits; for example, students who themselves were heavy drinkers tended to favorably rate photos showing heavy drinkers more than other types of drinkers. In other words, the results show that you'll probably gravitate toward someone who has drinking habits similar to your own. So, next time you're out drinking at a bar or at a party, it seems like two drinks will do the trick. As always, drink responsibly. And sexy, of course.