Could your drunk self be the “real” you? Here’s what science says

You can’t argue that alcohol is a staple in most social situations – well, maybe for some it doesn’t have to be particularly social. (I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a glass of wine after a long week?)

But anyway, like it or not, alcohol has an effect on all of us.

Have enough and your lips start getting looser or your inhibitions start flying out of the window.

Have too much… and you end up becoming a whole new different person. Happy drunk, emotional drunk, angry drunk, flirty drunk – you’re bound to be one of these things, for sure.

And we typically excuse these types of behaviors due to having been intoxicated. “I wasn’t myself,” we would often say.

But what if your drunk self could actually be the “real you,” unleashed?

Well, we’ve got news for you. Whether you’re ready to admit it or not, it’s quite likely.


Research now shows that your drunk self is actually not that far off from your real personality.

We’ve always had the notion that the way we act or behave when we are drunk is a totally different version of how we usually are when we’re sober. At least that’s the way it has always been.

But according to this 2017 study, your drunk self may actually be quite as close to the real you as you’d initially thought.

Yup, that’s right. The screaming, crying, loving, audacious, or flirty version is you. There is, in fact, little to no difference.

To shed some light on the subject of a “drunk personality,” the study, published in the Clinical Psychological Science, tested 156 people. Researchers asked each participant to fill a survey. The questions were designed to describe their sober and drunk personalities. The researchers also inquired about their typical alcohol intake.

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The experiment then started. Participants were divided into two groups – one was of same-sex friends who enjoyed a few cocktails of vodka in order to increase the alcohol in their blood to approximately 90mg. Just to ensure tipsiness.

The other group, having been assigned to observe the other, tossed up some sodas.

Once the first group was drunk, they were asked to complete a series of tasks to examine how their personalities have altered. The intoxicated individuals had to perform some games and puzzles while sober participants then made their observations.

The drinkers also had to rate their behaviors. And while they themselves noted a change in the way they acted, their observers noted very little change. The only thing they noticed was the fact that the drinkers became more extroverted – which is no surprise, really.

The study’s lead researcher, Rachel Winograd, a psychological scientist at the University of Missouri concluded,

“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 why do we feel different when we are drunk? It’s most likely just a placebo effect. We’ve always believed drinking alcohol would make us braver, so we believe we are.

But the truth is, you’re still you after you’ve drunk alcohol. You’re just a little louder and more outgoing.

So the next time you wake up with a huge hangover and thought you’ve acted embarrassingly – it’s probably just all in your head!


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Written by Genefe Navilon

Genefe Navilon is a writer, poet, and blogger. She graduated with a degree in Mass Communications at the University of San Jose Recoletos. Her poetry blog, Letters To The Sea, currently has 18,000 followers. Her work has been published in different websites and poetry book anthologies. She divides her time between traveling, writing, and working on her debut poetry book.

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