This Is Why Some People Get So Many Mosquito Bites
Sure, it's refreshing on a hot summer evening, but cracking open a cold one could also be a mosquito lure. One small study found that after people drank beer, the number of mosquitoes that landed on them increased. compared to a control group. Another study in PLOS ONE that looked at the species of mosquito known to carry the malaria virus found that beer-drinking participants became more attractive to the pests than those downing H20. One hypothesis was that beer increases the amount of carbon dioxide exhaled—but that's not what researchers found happened. Instead, they discovered that brewskis altered a person's body odor, causing mosquitoes to veer toward them like a bull's-eye.