A more concerning consequence of alcohol's ability to break down social barriers is that it seems to make some people mistake friendliness for sexual advances. "There is some scary evidence that alcohol is — especially for men — associated with misperceiving sexual interest from others," says Jennifer Walsh, assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University. A 2010 study published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology had 59 male participants look at images and categorize them as containing women that looked either sexually interested or friendly. After a moderate amount of alcohol, the men looked at the photos again and were significantly more likely to perceive the friendly photos as sexual. Their opinions of whether the women were dressed provocatively or not remained the same but more person-specific cues, like gaze, smile type, and body language became harder for them to decipher.