How does alcohol consumption affect moral decision making? A study conducted among bargoers in Grenoble, France, found that the higher a person's blood alcohol level, the more likely he or she would be to throw the switch in the trolley problem, killing one person to save five. Does that mean inebriation turns people into utilitarians? Or that alcohol shuts down social cognition circuitry, reducing concern for the one to be sacrificed? Or just that higher-order cognition is impaired and ethical decision-making when inebriated comes down to "going for it" and hoping everything works out? Regardless of the reason, the study suggests alcohol consumption affects not only motor skills and reaction times but also the ethical choices we would make even if our motor skills and reaction times were not impaired. www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/10/the-cold-logic-of-drunk-people/381908/
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