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New Psychology Today Article by Sovereign Health Weighs Whether Beer Goggles is a Myth or Real

San Clemente, Calif. — Aug. 12, 2016 — Sovereign Health is pleased to announce the launch of a new article that’s now live on www.psychologytoday.com: “Are Beer Goggles Real?” This article was written and edited by Ralph Ryback, M.D., Courtney Lopresti, M.S., and Susan Logan-McCracken, M.P.W. The existence of beer goggles has always been up for debate; but now, plenty of research shows some startling facts behind the beer goggles myth, and why people seem more attractive after a few drinks.

This new article follows two recent Sovereign Health editorials also posted on PsychologyToday.com: “No Horsing Around About the Human-Equine Bond: These animals shaped our history and, today, are the ultimate therapists” explores how for millenniums, horses have worked for humans, and today, they serve as the ultimate therapists; and “The Powerful Psychology Behind Cleanliness: How to stay organized — and reap the health benefits” highlights the psychology of cleanliness and organization and why it makes individuals feel good.

In 2003, a team of British researchers released a study affirming beer goggles are real. Alcohol impairs the ability to recognize symmetry, releases endorphins to the brain and causes psychological effects. Though the myth is real, and stories about beer goggles are entertaining, alcohol affects everyone differently.

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About the Authors

Ralph Ryback, M.D., has taught at many institutions, including Harvard Medical School. He’s also a psychiatrist with Sovereign Health. Receiving his M.D. from Wayne State School of Medicine and completing his residency at Boston City Hospital, Dr. Ryback brings over half a century of psychiatric experience to Sovereign Health. To read Dr. Ryback’s full biography, click HERE.

Courtney Lopresti, M.S., is a senior staff writer for Sovereign Health, where she uses her scientific background to write online blogs and articles for a general audience. At the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned her master’s degree in neuroscience, she used functional neuroimaging to study how the human cerebellum contributes to language processing. In her spare time, she writes fiction, reads Oliver Sacks, and spends time with her two cats and bird. Courtney is currently located in Minneapolis.

Susan Logan-McCracken, M.P.W. (Master’s of Professional Writing), is an editor for Sovereign Health and an award-winning author. Logan-McCracken has 25 years of experience as a journalist, most recently as the editor of Cat Fancy magazine. She received her master’s in professional writing from the University of Southern California, where she became obsessed with accuracy, fair reporting and correct English usage.

Rachael Mattice is the managing editor for Sovereign Health, leading a team of diversified managers, team leaders, writers and editors in the U.S. and India digital newsroom. Also a freelance music journalist, she pulls from her versatile background in journalism, digital marketing and visual content creation to boost innovative ideas and high-quality assets for the Sovereign Health brand.

About Sovereign Health

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