To the editor: Stop the presses! Swiss researchers have completed a study documenting how alcoholic beverages function as a “social lubricant.”
( “How beer is tied to hookup culture, Science file, Sept 27)
Was formal research really needed to establish that alcohol “facilitates sexual disinhibition” leading to hook-ups? As if we baby boomers hadn’t already made that connection decades ago.
Perhaps the researchers weren’t familiar with the wisdom (and wit) of mid-20th century poet Ogden Nash, who famously observed, “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.”
Devra Mindell, Santa Monica
To the editor: How can I get on the research gravy train as illustrated by this study whose “researchers concluded that alcohol’s role as a social lubricant can be traced to its ability to facilitate ‘sexual disinhibition?’ ” Revelation! Clearly these researchers need to leave the lab on occasion and do a little bar-hopping on any given Saturday night.
Joel Anderson, Studio City