"Help your neighbour": the scientists found out that alcohol causes the desire to help others

The researchers decided to investigate how alcohol affects the desire to help people.

2016-11-28 14:53:25 26

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Scientists conducted a study which revealed a correlation between the degree of intoxication of the person and a desire to help others. It turned out that drunk people more than sober ready to help. Such a study was published in the journal Frontier in Psychology. In psychology there is the concept of the "bystander effect", when in the presence of a large number of people around most rarely helps those who need it, staying on the sidelines. The researchers decided to find out how drinking alcohol affects this effect. To do this, a group of psychologists arrived in the bars of Amsterdam. One of the researchers sat at the bar next to the visitor as if by accident knocked over a jar filled with mouthpieces. A second researcher recorded the test results. It turned out that those bars which have already managed "to take on his chest" more readily accepted to help collect his scattered mouthpieces than those who were sober or a little drunk. One of the researchers, Marco Vann Bommel stressed that the results do not say that the indifference of the people is anti-social. He also noted the fact that many studies have identified a large number of disadvantages of alcohol. According to psychologist, sober people, most likely, would have helped, but it stops a deterrent in the form of other people, while in a state of intoxication all the psychological restrictions instantly fall. Earlier, Australian scientists conducted a study which showed that absolute sobriety is harmful to human health. At the same time, other scholars argue that alcohol is a cause of seven cancers.


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