Saturday, January 27, 2007


Alcoholics can’t take jokes

`Problem drinkers often don’t know how to take a joke or understand a punchline, according to German researchers.

In their study of 29 recovering alcoholic patients in a clinic in the western German city of Bochum, participants were tested to measure their mood, intellectual ability, memory, psychomotor skills and capacity to appreciate jokes. [..]

The researchers found a marked difference in the responses of the two groups, with less than 68 per cent of the alcoholics able to pick the right punchline, which the researchers said was option ‘d’, versus 92 per cent in the healthy control group.’

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