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  • Intoxication brings strangers physically closer, study finds

    Portrait of three, smiling researchers standing outside with a white-flowering tree, bushes and a brick wall in the background.

    From left, Catharine Fairbairn, Nigel Bosch, Laura Gurrieri and their colleagues found that strangers who drink together tend to draw physically closer to one another as they become intoxicated. Composite image from separate photos, in compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols. 

    Photo by Fred Zwicky


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  • Editor’s notes

    To reach Catharine Fairbairn, email

    To reach Nigel Bosch, email

    The paper “Alcohol narrows physical distance between strangers” is available from

    DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2101937118