Scientists first identified the idea of ‘beer goggles’ in the early 1990s when it was dubbed ‘alcohol myopia’, which meant that most men overestimated women’s ages after getting drunk.
But, University of Leicester researchers have revealed that men tend to overrate a women’s age regardless if they are drunk or not.
In the study, the researchers showed digitally-altered images of females meant to be 13, 17 or 20 to 240 people, half of whom had been drinking and found that all of them misconstrued the women’s age.
But one expert said the study showed young girls wearing make-up could mislead observers about age, even when they were stone cold sober.
And thus, scientists have now said that the results indicate that men who have sex with underage girls should not be able to use alcohol as a defence.
Men accused of having unlawful sex with a minor sometimes claim they were not aware that the girl was underage.
But, Dr Vincent Egan, who led the study, said he had come across a number of cases where men had used this defence.
Thus, he investigated how people responded to images of women at different ages in the study, which involved 120 sober men and women, and 120 who were drinking in pubs and were in the age group of 18 to 70 years.
The researchers also measured the blood alcohol levels of drinkers-a third of whom could be classed as drunk.
They then took a picture of a 17-year-old and digitally manipulated it to show how the girl would look aged 13 and 20.
Some of the photos of the 17-year-olds were also treated to look as if they were wearing make-up.
And contrary to the ‘beer goggles’ theory, they found no difference in age estimates between drinkers and non-drinkers- there was a consistent overestimation of the women’s ages.
‘Even at considerable levels of drunkenness, males are not disproportionately impaired in estimating the age of made-up immature female faces,’ the BBC quoted Egan as saying.
He added: ‘The notion of ‘beer goggles’ is therefore irrelevant, and it might be there’s a pre-existing bias rather than having any links to drink.’
The only strong effect the team found was people assessing made-up faces as older, but they said that was also consistent between drinkers and non-drinkers.
Egan said the findings might mean juries and courts challenged the argument used by some defence solicitors that alcohol can affect judgement in underage sex cases.
The study is published in the British Journal of Psychology. (
A KINKY couple were rushed to hospital after getting trapped in a position from the Kama Sutra sex manual.
But Susan Boyle may be the surprise winner of Britain’s Got Talent after she stunned Simon Cowell with her remarkable voice.
Unemployed and single, the 48-year-old has thick unkempt hair, bushy eyebrows and downy fuzz is noticeable across parts of her face.
She then stomped across the stage and began clumsily gyrating her hips towards the judges, prompting laughter from the audience.
‘I would love to be in musical theatre. I have just never had the opportunity,’ said Miss Boyle, who is from West Lothian in Scotland.
Moments later, the music mogul and fellow judges Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan were left speechless by her powerful rendition of I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables.
Miss Holden appeared close to tears as she sang, while Cowell looked almost adoring.
The audience gave the singer a standing ovation and cheered as she finished the song.
The turnaround was reminiscent of mobile phone salesman Paul Potts's success in the first series.
The judges admitted they had dismissed Potts because of the way he looked – namely, awkward and with wonky teeth.
Morgan said to Miss Boyle after her performance: ‘That was the biggest surprise I have had in three years of the show.
'You said you wanted to be like Elaine Paige and everyone laughed at you. You have proved them wrong.’
Music mogul Cowell, however,struggled to admit he had been wrong, insisting that he knew she would give an ‘extraordinary performance’.
The show, which starts on ITV1 this Saturday, is open to any performer, any age, from any background, with any talent.
The first episode also featured 59-year-old security officer Manjit Singh from London who showcases his strongman skills.
He pulled a van onto the stage purely by the strength of his ear and vowed to take on a Boeing 747 if he was put through to the next round.
They describe themselves as a modern version of the Von Trapps from The Sound Of Music.
They sang Michael Jackson’s I’ll Be There but the judges were damning about the parents' singing skills.
Show insiders have tipped teenager Elliot as the real talent of the band.
Other contestants include a witch, Fabia the erotic dancer, and a Greek Riverdance tribute act.
She joined the music mogul, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden on the team but was sacked after little more than a week, amid claims that having four judges was ‘impractical’.
Britain's Got Talent begins on Saturday at 7.45pm on ITV1.
Panel: Piers Morgan, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell will judge the talent
This is quite possibly the worst rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" ever. Ever. The thing is, we're not sure who to blame. True, Rosanne makes no attempt to sing in anything that resembles proper pitch. But shouldn't the real blame lie with the organizers of this 1990 San Diego Padres game? Did they really think the shrill comedienne had a set of hidden pipes as yet unrevealed to the American public?
Baines received a proclamation from the Guinness Book of World Records acknowledging her as the world’s oldest person after 115-year-old Portuguese woman Maria de Jesus died in January.
In the letter, Obama wished her a happy birthday. Baines, who was born in 1894 in Shellman, Georgia, has said she plans to vote for Obama again in 2012.
Baines was featured on local television newscasts in November when she cast her ballot for Obama for president, saying she backed him “because he’s for the coloured”. She said she never thought she would live to see a black man become president.
“Her only complaint to me, well there are two complaints, number one, she doesn’t like the bacon. It’s not crisp enough,” her doctor, Charles Witt Jr, told local TV station KCAL9.
“And the other thing is that she fusses about her… arthritis of her knees. She told me that she owes her longevity to the Lord, that she never did drink, she never did smoke and she never did fool around.”
Baines, whose father was the son of slaves, left her family during childhood. She worked as a maid in University of Ohio dormitories until her retirement and has been living at the Convalescent Hospital in Los Angeles for more than 10 years.
AND, just a thought for all the women out there........
MENtal illness, MENstrual cramps, MENtal breakdown,MENopause............
Ever notice how all of women's problems start with men?.........And
When we have real trouble it's HISterectomy!!!!
Send this to all women to have a laugh AND, don't forget to have a mammogram!!!!!!
A Friend Is Like A Good Bra...
Hard to Find
Always Lifts You Up
Never Lets You Down or Leaves You Hanging
And Is Always Close To Your Heart!!!
He was illiterate, so he never read newspapers.
He was hard of hearing, so he never listened to the radio.
His eyes were weak, so he never watched television.
But enthusiastically, he sold lots of hotdogs.
He was smart enough to offer some attractive schemes to increase his sales.
His sales and profit went up.
He ordered more a more raw material and buns and use to sale more.
He recruited few more supporting staff to serve more customers.
He started offering home deliveries. Eventually he got himself a bigger and better stove.
As his business was growing, the son, who had recently graduated from College, joined his father.
Then something strange happened.
The son asked, "Dad, aren't you aware of the great recession that is coming our way?"
The father replied, "No, but tell me about it." The son said, "The international situation is terrible.
The domestic situation is even worse. We should be prepared for the coming bad times."
The man thought that since his son had been to college, read the papers, listened to the radio and watched TV.
He ought to know and his advice should not be taken lightly.
So the next day onwards, the father cut down the his raw material order and buns, took down the colourful signboard,
removed all the special schemes he was offering to the customers and was no longer as enthusiastic.
He reduced his staff strength by giving layoffs.
Very soon, fewer and fewer people bothered to stop at his hotdog stand.
And his sales started coming down rapidly, same is the profit.
The father said to his son, "Son, you were right. We are in the middle of a recession and crisis. I am glad you warned me ahead of time."
Moral of The Story: It's all in your MIND! And we actually FUEL this recession much more than we think