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There Are 4 Types Of Drunks, According To Science

We've all gone to football games with friends after tailgating for hours beforehand. And we've all noticed that some of our buddies tend to act sane regardless of how much alcohol they drink, while others tend to lose control after just a few beverages. It turns out, at least according to scientists at the University of Missouri, that there may be some logic behind all of it after all. 

According to a study published in the Addiction Research & Theory journal, there are four types of drunks. Here they are:

42% of people are considered Ernest Hemingways - after the author - meaning alcohol doesn't have as large an impact on them as others.

The first group, labelled ‘‘Hemingway,’’ was by far the largest and included those who reported only slightly changing when intoxicated. Specifically, members of this group reported decreasing less in Conscientiousness (e.g. being prepared, organized, prompt) and Intellect (e.g. understanding abstract ideas, being imaginative) than the rest of the sample.

23% of people are considered Mr. Hydes - from the famous novella - because they're considered "more hostile" while under the influence of alcohol.

The third cluster, ‘‘Mr. Hyde,’’ was defined by larger than average intoxication-related decreases in Conscientiousness, Intellect and Agreeableness. In other words, members of this group, much like the dark-sided Mr. Hyde, reported a tendency of being particularly less responsible, less intellectual, and more hostile when under the influence of alcohol than they are when they are sober, as well as relative to members of the other groups.

20% of people are considered Nutty Professors - from the famous movies - because they're introverted by nature, but tend to become extraverted and more social when drunk.

Members of the fourth and final cluster, labelled ‘‘The Nutty Professor,’’ tended to be particularly introverted when sober but demonstrated a large increase in Extraversion and decrease in Conscientiousness when drunk, relative to their sober levels of these traits. They also tended to report having the most overall discrepancy between their reported sober and drunk FFM traits, as indicated by the lowest ICC of the four clusters (0.05). Surprisingly, membership in this cluster was not associated with experiencing more alcohol-related consequences within the past year.

15% of people are considered Mary Poppins' - from the famous children's book - because they become more agreeable and don't try to cause trouble when drunk.

The second cluster was labelled ‘‘Mary Poppins,’’ and was composed of a small number of drinkers (approximately 14% of the sample) who are particularly Agreeable when sober (i.e. embodying traits of friendliness), and decrease less than average in Conscientiousness, Intellect, and Agreeableness when intoxicated. Accordingly, members of this cluster reported experiencing fewer overall alcohol consequences than those in the Mr. Hyde cluster.

Yes, we all can place most of our friends (and ourselves) into specific categories. The study may lead to the customization of alcohol intervention programs. Pretty cool.

[USA Today]