According to an LA Weekly blog post by Clarissa Wei, studies show that intoxication makes people smarter. Or, more correctly put by cognitive psychologist Jennifer Wiley, “Innovation may happen when people are not so focused.” I’ve definitely had my share of vodka fueled innovations (like the site you’re reading now), but I’ve also noticed that I’m more creative when I’m tired. I think the same principle applies. That said, you make a sacrifice with this method of improving your creativity. “We found at 0.07 blood alcohol, people were worse at working memory tasks, but they were better at creative problem-solving tasks,” Wiley said.