Your Drunk Self Is Your Real Self, New Study Suggests

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Bad news for insufferable drunks everywhere: according to a new study, outside observers don’t notice much difference between drunk you and the “real” you at all.

The Clinical Psychological Science published the study, which had intoxicated participants rank themselves on a series of personality factors both before and after drinking, and had sober participants do the same of the drinking participants.

Researchers from the University of Missouri discovered that “outside observers rarely clocked significant changes in the drunk subjects’ personalities,” Bustle reports.

After a 15-minute absorption period, drinking participants played games and ranked themselves on standard personality factors (conscientiousness, openness to experience, agreeableness, extraversion, and neuroticism.) While they themselves noticed a huge difference in personality — including lower consciousness and heightened agreeability — sober onlookers found that the study participants only differed in extraversion.

“We were surprised to find such a discrepancy between drinkers’ perceptions of their own alcohol-induced personalities and how observers perceived them,” lead writer Rachel Winograd said.

So while alcohol may make you more extroverted than usual, your core personality is constant. So listen to Ignition (Remix) and sob openly about the beautiful voices of the sisters on Nashville with pride.  This is the real you.

Molly ThomsonCOLLEGECANDY Writer
Writer. Boxed mac & cheese aficionado. I tried to start a girl-band when I was 12.
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