The Washington Times - August 18, 2009, 07:03AM

A new study shows that longtime alcoholics are less able to read emotions in others’ faces, even if they have been sober for years, the Chicago Tribune is reporting.

Using an MRI scanner, researchers compared the brain activity of alcoholics and non-alcoholics while they looked at pictures of faces expressing various emotions. Alcoholics were less able to identify the emotions being expressed in the faces.

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This finding that alcoholics are less able to read your face explains why they’re more likely to punch it. For them, it’s like Braille.

It’s not surprising that picking up on emotional cues is harder when you’re an alcoholic. Everybody tends to have the same expression when you’ve drunk yourself under a table.