Can you remember the night that you had a full go on drinks and did all the crazy things that is possible for you to do? That night you set aside all your fears and did everything that you wished? Your loud voice, unbalanced moves and loud singing was altogether quite different from your usual self and perhaps you might have been regretted all that shit once you wake up in morning and when you were in your ‘normal’ sense.
This ‘liquid courage’ often brings out a different side of us and set aside all the responsibilities and limits at the door step. You will no longer feel down and restricted and instead will feel a maximum liberty and freedom. However, with the day break you handover all your past behavior to wind think that to be just the power of liquor.
A recent study published by ‘Clinical Psychology Science’ reveals something that would contradict your idea. They gives the view that your drunk self is actually a reflection of the real you. The researchers of Purdue University and the University of Missouri along with 156 participants who volunteered conducted the experiment to try out the idea.
They were asked to complete a survey two weeks prior to the experiment describing traits that were associated with both their drunk and sober sides of the personality. Then they split the volunteers up into groups of approximately 3-4 people and asked them to drink enough to increase their blood alcohol level to approximately 90 mg. (legal limit is 80 mg). Some were given vodka and sprite and some were given just sprite.
Each of the volunteers was asked to complete a number of tasks designed to highlight their personality traits while group of observers were looking on.
Participants believed that their personality changed in 5 categories. They rate themselves lower in the areas of conscientiousness, agreeableness and openness while rating higher in the areas of extraversion and emotional stability. But, what was noted by the observers was that there were only few differences to note between both drunk and sober personalities of the participants.
Rachel Winogard, 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.”
So, the ultimate conclusion of the study was that while few drinks will likely make you louder and more out-going, the rest is all you! The fun loving, careless nature is just your inner self. Accept that and have more fun!