You know that moment when you sit down, take a sip of beer and instantly feel the stress melt off your shoulders? That feeling is biological. According to a recent study, “our brains start to release euphoric signals in response to the taste of beer, even before alcohol even gets into our blood,” reports The Atlantic. “Our bodies anticipate the effects of alcohol by a conditioned response, like Pavlov’s dogs.”

File this under “I knew it.”

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