Research Suggests Drunk You May Actually Be The Real You

You know the feeling the morning after. The one where you wake up and think, oh, $&!#, what did I do last night?

Well, turns out maybe whatever you did last night while you were drunk was exactly what you wanted to do while sober: Research suggests that what we do while drunk is an accurate reflection of who we actually are.

Sure, it’s easy to blame certain actions (you made out with who?!?) and alcohol, but according to a study from the University of Missouri, that’s not fair—to yourself or the booze.

In the research done at the University of Missouri, volunteers were divided up into groups.  Some were given plain soda (Sprite) and others were given soda spiked with alcohol. Both groups were then asked to interact with the others, and were given tasks to perform.

Turns out, no one could tell who was drunk. While participants who had had alcohol in their beverage felt the change, observers couldn’t tell.

So while those participants who had spiked drinks felt lower inhibitions and greater extroversion, the others around them only reported noticing a little more extroversion. In other words? When you’re drunk, people might notice that you’re a little more outgoing…but the rest may well be in your head.

So when you wake up with a pounding headache and wonder how bad it was last night, know that odds are good no one else really even noticed you were drunk.

Of course, that also means you can’t blame those drunk dials to your ex on the booze, either—because it’s always the real you, no matter how much you’ve had to drink.


*This content was inspired by an amazing article that can be found here.

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