Your Drunk Self Is Really The True You, According To Science

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Booze doesn’t always bring out the best in us, but it does reveal a whole bunch of truths about who we are.

We like to blame a few too many drinks on our tipsy behaviors, such as flirting or long, drawn out drunken talks. This is because we don’t like to admit that a bit of our hidden personalities have shown through. According to a recent study, our drunk selves are closer to our real selves than many of us would like to admit.

1. Drinking Does Not Change You

According to the study, which was published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, alcohol doesn’t really have the power to change your personality. In fact, you’re pretty much the same you as you are when you’re sober, as hard as that might be to believe.

2. All Finding Were Based On Observation

Researchers at the University of Missouri and Purdue University studied the personalities of 156 people while drinking and while sober in order to determine whether or not “drunk personalities” were actually real. They gave half of participants alcohol and then brought in some of their sober friends to play games with. After, both the drinker and their friends filled out surveys about personality changes, and while the drinkers assumed they were acting much differently than they normally would, their sober friends didn’t quite pick up on those changes.

3. The Major Personality Shift

Alcohol does have the power to change one thing. It makes us more extroverted.

As University of Missouri social psychologist Rachel Winograd said, “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.”

4. Why Do We Feel Different When We Are All Boozed Up?

It’s the good ol’ placebo effect. Our brains have been trained to believe that booze is some sort of social lubricant. Allowing us to loosen up and interact with people like we typically don’t when ‘sober’. But — you are still you! Even after your 5th round of drinks or shots — you are still you. You just think you are something different!

Remember that the next time you start acting like a dink when drunk!