I'm not sure I needed science to tell me this, but they did it anyway: When it's cold outside, it makes us want to drink. A lot more. And a new study out of the University of Pittsburgh is actually the first one to confirm it.

The researchers found a direct connection between the weather in a city and the average alcohol intake. Now, you know this makes sense: When you get drunk, the alcohol increases the blood flow to your skin, which warms you up. (And makes you feel nice and toasty....)

But, of course, be careful: They also found that people in cold weather climates were more likely to have liver disease, and that's also directly connected to alcohol.

So by this studies findings, shouldn't all Iowans be dealing with liver issues by mid-January? Maybe we were just built a little hardier than our southern brethren. I'll drink to that!

(EurekeAlert)