Are you surprised by the title of this article? Most people probably are. After all, isn’t alcohol a depressant, and doesn’t it lead to drowsiness? Aren’t there countless examples of anecdotal evidence of a drink of wine before bed leading to a good night of sleep? Maybe so, but the thing is anecdotal evidence doesn’t constitute scientific proof.
Anecdotal vs Scientific Evidence
The basis of science is observation of what happens in nature. ‘Anecdotal’ evidence refers to evidence based on personal experiences, which would seem to fit into the scientific model. You do something, observe the results and form conclusions. The difference between anecdotal evidence and true scientific evidence, however, is that scientific evidence has to be measurable, testable and repeatable.