Science and Beer

March 18, 2008

Great story about an article on the correlation between scientific publishing and citation and beer drinking:

Science and Beer (via Mr Verb).

In brief:

[T]he more beer a scientist drinks, the less likely the scientist is to publish a paper or to have a paper cited by another researcher, a measure of a paper’s quality and importance.

The results were not, however, a matter of a few scientists having had too many brews to be able to stumble back to the lab. Publication did not simply drop off among the heaviest drinkers. Instead, scientific performance steadily declined with increasing beer consumption across the board, from scientists who primly sip at two or three beers over a year to the sort who average knocking back more than two a day.

As a scientist who no longer drinks any alcohol, I certainly welcome this. However,  what type of window are we averaging over here? Do I have to count the terrifying amounts I used to drink in my youth?

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