Your ‘Drunk Self’ May Really Be The Real You, According To Scientist
Published in Dec 2018 / Updated in Aug 2021
Who do you become when you drink alcohol? You might be a party animal, drama queen who sings on top of her lungs, and dances on tables. When you are drunk, you might exhibit weird behaviors that you don’t usually when you are not under the influence of alcohol. According to research, it is believed that the egocentrism you display when you are drunk is not far from your real identity.
When you are drunk the way you act then is not that different from the real you. Therefore, you don’t have to feel that when you are drunk, you are completely a different person. When you are drunk, you just might feel a sudden liberation that pushes you to do something crazy.
Most people tend to think that their personalities change entirely when they are drunk, but that is not the case. There is new research that has been done by the scientists at the University of Missouri, and it was published in Clinical Psychological Science. This research disqualifies the previous study which was based on after-act experience, and it didn’t bring out a clear picture as to why people might feel they are acting differently, yet they are not.
Therefore this group of researchers wanted to prove the words of Charlie Chaplin, which attributes that ‘a man’s real character is known when he is drunk.’ They decided to sample out 156 volunteers who will take part in the research to investigate how drinking alcohol influences behavior.
Before the research commenced, the participants were given a survey to fill out two weeks before the day the study was to be done. They were to reveal how they act when sober and when they are drunk. The Missouri researchers gave the group of the participants vodka-laced sprite under laboratory conditions. They then waited to observe the behavior change.
After some time they observed the following:
• The drunk people were more extroverted than those who were sober.
• Those who were drunk were also noticed to be less neurotic.
• There was no difference in levels of openness, honesty, and agreeableness.
After the exercise, the participants were asked how they felt, and they said they were more open-minded. The neutral observers, on the other hand, said that they couldn’t notice any difference at all. It was, therefore, astonishing to realize that the volunteers who took alcohol had a different experience than those who did not take alcohol observed.
This explains that the drinkers might have been experiencing great feelings internally, but the bottom line is you are still who you are.
Alcohol is known to bring ‘liquid courage,’ which portrays a version of yourself as more emotional and outgoing.
The study that was conducted shows that your drunk self is an accurate reflection of who you are.
Therefore, with such concrete research, it is time to stop the ideologies that are based on misconceptions that alcohol changes who you are!