German Researchers Discover Beer Makes You Happy Because of Course They Did

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Some researchers in Germany have made one of the most obvious scientific discoveries of the century: Beer makes you happy.

The Daily Mail reports the scientists studied the properties of 13,000 food molecules and located one in malted barley (a key ingredient in beer) that gets the dopamine receptors in the brain going and in turn makes people feel good. The molecule, called Hordenine, affects decision making, and points to why some drinkers can’t shut it down after just one beverage.

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The Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg researchers were looking for molecules that would activate dopamine receptors. Professor Monika Pischetsrieder told the Daily Mail she was surprised to find one in beer.

Thank you Germany for helping us understand why, sometimes, one beer just isn’t enough. 

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