The ‘Drunk’ You Is Actually the Real You, Study Finds

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The drunk you is the real you

The personality you display in public when you are drunk is actually the real you, a new study has concluded.

According to this study by the Association for Psychological Science, published in Sage Journals, the only thing people can “blame on the booze” is projectile vomiting and feeling hungover the next day. reports: Does alcohol really turn us into different people? Or, does it merely lower our inhibitions enough to actually be our realist, truest, most honest selves?

Is the “drunk you” really the most “real you” you can be? 

We all want to think we’re a better person than we actually are. So it’s really no surprise how often we jump on the “blame it on alcohol” train when we do something stupid when we’ve been drinking.

Ah. Blaming your poor behavior on something outside of yourself. It’s a tale as old as time. “But I was drunk!” Is used as an excuse for everything from silly and embarrassing behaviors like dancing on tables and taking your top off to promiscuous behavior.

Everyone wants to think that their “drunk self” or their “drunk personality” is profoundly different than their “sober self” — but is it really? 

Well, according to this study by the Association for Psychological Science, published in Sage Journals, the only thing we can really “blame on the booze” is the projectile vomiting everyone saw at last night’s party.

Contrary to popular belief you may actually be more you when you’re drunk than the other way around.

Check out some of these interesting observations from a 2017 study and decide for yourself. Is your “drunk self” your true self that you’re just too uptight to be sober?

This study discovered some things and shed light on some questions:

1. You think you’re different when you’re drunk, but you’re not THAT different.

The study talks about how people THINK they are different when they are drunk, but the reality is that their personality actually stayed basically the same. They observed this by having peers socialize sober and then half became intoxicated while some stayed sober (the sober ones became “raters” while the intoxicated group was observed during the same type of socializing from before).  

Psychological scientist Rachel Winograd, who conducted the study, explained that, “the raters reliably reported what was visible to them and the participants experienced internal changes that were real to them but imperceptible to observers”.

This seems to display that personality isn’t affected much (if at all) by alcohol, but rather, drunken individuals think personality is affected based on the chemicals in the brain being altered by alcohol or merely the placebo effect (society says you’re different when you’re drunk so you believe you are different when you’re drunk).

2. You ARE more sociable.

In the study, the “raters” (the friends that were sober and trained), did observe that while their peers did not seem different in regard to their personalities; they DID seem different in their level of extrovertism (they were way more outgoing and sociable).

So, perhaps if you’re an “ultra-introvert”, you’re personality is slightly affected by being drunk, but still not as much as you think.

So what does this mean?

While these finding are by no means conclusive to whether or not “drunk you” is the “real you”, they do seem to shed some light on the fact that these two assumed “sides” to your personality may not be as far away from each other as previously thought.

Is it possible that you’re more “you” when you’re drunk?

Clearly our ability to think clearly and to control our emotions our affected by large quantities of alcohol — but do these things make us completely different people? Or is this new ability to express your emotions and thoughts so eagerly make you more “you” than you are sober?

Most people seem to think so! In an article in the New York Post in May of last year, Lizzie Parry interpreted this study by saying “The idea that we transform into different people when we’re under the influence is a popular one … but new findings suggest booze doesn’t actually have the power to drastically change our personalities.”

And in an article published on in April of this year, Joanie Faletto summed up this study by saying, “Basically, you’re always that special, unique, wonderful you, no matter how many tequila shots you foolishly ended up taking on your birthday.”

Personally, I’m uncomfortable answering this question conclusively since even the research doesn’t seem 100% conclusive. Although, it does seem relatively clear that personality isn’t affected much and, on a personal level, I at least don’t think you’re different enough when you’re drunk to blame social faux pas on booze.

I mean, seriously? Take some responsibility and grow up.


  1. Nope – there’s a reason alcohol is called “spirits” – and they aren’t good ones. Same for drugs…pharma and otherwise.

    • Loquaciousness, yes. But it goes further than that. Hence the acting out, sexuality, violence, dumbness, loudness, etc. Not just loose lips. Loose brain.

  2. IMO this study is B.S. I was a therapist for almost 20 yrs and worked mostly with recovering alcoholics/addicts. I myself am in recovery for many years. The authors needed to interview those who go to A.A., an organization that has been helping alcoholics to recover for almost a century and they have the best rate of recovery so far. There is a reason why MILLIONS of alcoholics quit drinking and work hard to stay sober – because using alcohol made us into people that we didn’t like, nor did anyone around us. Yes, personality changes when you drink, of course it does. But it isn’t the real you – because when you get an alcoholic sober, they are completely different people. THey become truthful, responsible, caring about others and focused on spiritual growth. When they drank they were giant jerks who robbed, hurt others without care, cheated, lied and more. I’ll take the truth of recovering alcoholics before I believe the bozos who did this study.

  3. STUDY?? LOL!!!! Alcohol is the time-tested, “how to get to know anyone” drug! It is fermented sugar. That’s it! How many times have I said this. Alcohol lowers your guard and inhibitions. That. Is. It. If someone is an animal, playing for society, alcohol will expose them when they are drunk, because their conscious mind essentially gets turned off. All that is left is the subconscious and a state which forces them to act out all conscious decisions (walking, talking) instead of thinking, because you can’t think when you’ve hit drunkenness.

    The dilemma with alcohol is people who want to operate any kind of vehicle or machinery. That is not caused by alcohol. That is caused by alcohol’s effects bringing out their inner-stupidity. It is no different than the violence or dumbassery. Again, not alcohol. It is the person acting out their true self.

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