Alcohol is the universal social grease. When we add a little alcohol to situations it lightens the anxiety and stress which may or may not change our personality. The funny thing about alcohol is that it effects each of us differently. How others see our personalities ‘under the influence’ and how we see ourselves may not be quite the same picture. How sloppy do you think you get? To this end, a study was conducted with a group of adults. Surveys were taken weeks before the adults were tossing back drinks and again during the party. Our perceived personality traits and what onlookers saw were consistent with one another. The drinker got more gregarious and the observers could see it. The changes in the outside behaviors like having a good time and being more lax in the social environment were obvious but the sloppiness and ‘hot messiness’ wasn’t as obvious. So next time you’re drinking and feel like a slob, maybe it’s just in your head? Keep your standards high and try not to be the fall-down drunk you never wanted to be at the party. That sounds like a good plan.
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