Isn’t it surprising to see such a huge discrepancy between drinkers’ perception of their own alcohol-induced personalities and how observers perceived them?
It is a popular belief that a person under alcohol intoxication experiences deep change internally. Maybe people who drink are programmed to think that alcohol would make them talk a lot, they must have believed their drunk self is an extrovert. In short – Placebo effect!
So, if you are planning to drink as hell with your pals after the lockdown is over, remember – you’re drunk self is really you.
Psychological scientist Rachel Winograd, said he would love to replicate these findings in natural drinking environment and find out how the results can be relevant in the clinical realm so that effective interventions can be developed to reduce the negative effects of alcohol consumption (as mentioned in Nee York Post).
Now you may doubt the findings of this investigation because it was conducted in a particular location instead of a natural drinking environment like bars, clubs, parties, and so on. Even though the participants formed groups with their friends so that they feel comfortable and the activity session was conducted in the evening and weekends, the whole setting was remarkably different from places where these people are accustomed to drinking.
So, chances are high that intoxicated personalities displayed by the drunk groups during the study may not be the same as that displayed during a normal drinking episode, where the alcohol dosages are not standardized. The presence of microphones and cameras for audio-visual recordings may have also made the participants conscious.
Another limitation of this study is the observer group where all the participants were not well acquainted with the people in the drunk group. So, it might have been difficult for them to notice subtle personality changes that are otherwise easy to detect when you’re a well bonded with a person.
How do you feel after hangover? Do you think your drunk self really you?
Watch out this interesting video to know how alcohol makes you drunk?
Winograd, R.P., Steinley, D., Lane, S.P. and Sher, K.J., 2017. An experimental investigation of drunk personality using self and observer reports. Clinical psychological science , 5 (3), pp.439-456.