Most people in Western society have become dependent on alcohol and need a little bit of ‘liquid courage’, but what many don’t realize is that being ‘intoxicated’ brings out your hidden ‘drunk self’.
Your drunk self is louder, emotional and more outgoing.
Many people who look back on a wild, alcohol-drenched night out, will cringe with regret.
This version of yourself only comes out when you’ve had too many drinks when you’ve truly turned your back on responsibility.
A study released in ‘Clinical Psychology Science’ reveals a somewhat startling concept.
Your drunk self is a reflection of the real you.
Dealing with a group of 156 volunteer participants, the group consisting of scientists from Purdue University and the University of Missouri identified that a person, whether intoxicated or sober, acts exceptionally similar.
Is Your Drunk Self The Real You?
The group asked all volunteers to finish a survey 2 weeks before the experiment explaining traits that they related to both their drunk and sobersides of their character.
They then divided their volunteers up into groups of around 3-4 good friends, asking to drink enough to increase their blood alcohol levels to approximately 90mg (legal limit is 80mg).
While a few of the individuals were given vodka and Sprite, others were provided just Sprite.
Each of the volunteers was asked to complete a variety of jobs designed to highlight various characteristic while a group of sober observers was searching.
The participants believed that their personalities changed in all 5 classifications, score themselves lower in the areas of conscientiousness, agreeableness, and openness to experience, and greater in the locations of extraversion and psychological stability.
The observers, nevertheless, mentioned that there were few differences to keep in mind between both the drunk and sober personalities of the individuals.
Rachel Winograd, a psychological scientist from the University of Missouri explained:
“We were surprised to find such a discrepancy between drinkers’ perceptions of their own alcohol-induced personalities and how observers perceived them. Participants reported experiencing differences in all factors of the Five Factor Model of personality, but extraversion was the only factor robustly perceived to be different across participants in alcohol and sober conditions.”
“We believe both the participants and raters were both accurate and inaccurate — the raters reliably reported what was visible to them and the participants experienced internal changes that were real to them but imperceptible to observers,” she said.
“Most importantly, we need to see how this work is most relevant in the clinical realm and can be effectively included in interventions to help reduce any negative impact of alcohol on peoples’ lives,” she concludes.
Ultimately, the study concluded that while a few drinks will likely make you louder or more outgoing, the rest is all you!
That fun-loving and over the top version of yourself is really an undiluted version of your personality coming through.