Sorry, but science says your drunk personality is basically the same as your sober one
If you’ve ever downed a few alcoholic beverages around your mates, then you’ve probably been sorted into one of the four adult Hogwarts houses of drunks and loose units, either voluntarily or against your will. You know: the ‘crying drunk’, the ‘angry drunk’, the ‘slutty drunk‘, the ‘allow me to wax poetical about the universe and its infinite possibilities ’til you slip out while I’m not looking drunk’, etc, etc.
Well, according to a new study that all might be bogus.
An article published in the journal of Clinical Psychological Science says that our ‘drunk personalities’ generally don’t differ from our ‘sober personalities’ all that much—except to our own perceptions.
Drunk personality: real or fake?
In the study, which was conducted with 156 participants in the U.S., researchers asked the subjects to describe their personalities, both sober and drunk. After they had consumed several mixed drinks, the subjects played games and solved puzzles in groups of other drunken people (sounds like a good night out). When they were sufficiently drunk, their personalities were judged by three separate groups—themselves, their party-mates and some outside observers.
According to the study, although people saw their own personalities as changed—“lower levels of conscientiousness, openness to experience, and agreeableness, and they reported higher levels of extraversion and emotional stability”—the changes were generally “real to them but imperceptible to observers”.
This means that, although you might think you get pretty loose-goosey on a big night out, everyone around you thinks you’re more or less the same.
There goes your morning after excuse.
From: Elle Australia