Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Booze and Guns Really Don't Mix
This is the best study so far because it contains two awesome variables: booze and firearms. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine tested the effects of alcohol and firearm use. Both sauced and sober subjects were put through a number of training scenarios with realistic handguns. They were actually retrofitted to be air pistols. I wonder what the findings were? Intoxicated subjects were less accurate, slower to fire in reaction time scenarios, and quicker to fire in scenarios requiring judgement relative to the teetotalers. The researchers hypothesis was, "...alcohol consumption worsens accuracy and retards judgement about when to use a gun..."Shocking, but still awesome. Science can be fun and educational.