In the March 2012 issue of Consciousness and Cognition, Professors Andrew Jarosz, Gregory Colflesh and Jennifer Wiley proved that alcohol intoxication facilitates creative problem solving.
The results of the current study supported the prediction that moderate alcohol intoxication would improve performance on a creative problem solving task. Intoxicated participants not only showed an improvement in accuracy compared to sober, but they also solved problems more quickly. Additionally, participants in the intoxicated condition perceived their problem solving to be less analytic and more intuitive than the sober controls.
I wrote this while having a glass of 2010 ‘Cycles Gladiator’ Petite Sirah Lodi.