When you get a little tipsy, do you become the sweetest person in the room? Or are you the one flipping tables over? Do you get your dance on? Or are you your normal self, just feeling a bit fuzzier than usual?
This new study conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia asked 364 men and women just that, all to find out how many personality types emerge when people get buzzed.
Their final conclusion was that there are four, all of which they named after famous personas and real life people.
First is the Hemingway, named for the author. This group is the largest, with people in this category showing little variation in reliability and organization, two traits known to decrease when a person becomes inebriated. As the researchers found, “The moderate decreases demonstrated by this group make its members stand out as being ‘less affected’ than drinkers in some of the other groups, much like the author Ernest Hemingway, who claimed that he could ‘drink hells any amount of whiskey without getting drunk’.”
Next up are the Mary Poppins of the drunks. The Poppins, who made up around 15% of those polled and tended to be mostly female, become more friendly and compassionate the more they drink. “They decrease less than average in conscientiousness, intellect and agreeableness when intoxicated,” the study read.
Those who belong to the Mr. Hyde category are a more frightening bunch. These drinkers tend to get aggressive and hostile, and may be considered the types of people to get into fights and blackout as they drink.
The last group are the Nutty Professors. These people, who skew more male, change significantly, often gaining a considerable amount of confidence as they imbibe.
Which drunk type are you?
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