Okay, this is interesting. The “money quote” is this:
The creative effect of alcohol, then, seems to involve a delicate counterpoint between stimulation and relaxation.
Now, if only we could all figure out where and how to achieve that “delicate counterpoint.” Tip o’ the snifter to Drew Weinstein, a “friend” at Facebook. (Truth be told, I have no idea who he is, although I think he may be a “friend” of my son-in-law’s and that’s how he ended up “friending” me at Facebook. (It is called “friending,” isn’t it?) (If so, awful word!)