Researchers from the University of Missouri-Columbia have used a double-tiered questionnaire to work out the varying types of ‘drinkers’ (or drunks) in the modern day. Over 300 respondents gave their answers to the personality test, once considering themselves as they normally are, and again considering themselves under the influence. The results were split into four defining groups:
The largest group are the Hemingways: the ones who change very little after even large amounts of drink.
These lucky people showed fewer reductions in conscientiousness and intellect than the rest of the sample when drinking. They were more reliable and organised, and had a better understanding of abstract ideas.
The researchers said: “Two previous studies have found that, on average, these two factors reportedly decrease the most with intoxication, so the moderate decreases demonstrated by this group make its members stand out as being ‘less affected’ than drinkers in some of the other groups, much like the author Ernest Hemingway, who claimed that he could ‘drink hells any amount of whiskey without getting drunk’.”
The Nutty Professor
On the other hand, Nutty Professors change quite dramatically, gaining Dutch courage when drinking.
Much like the Nutty Professor in the film, these people undergo a kind of chemical transformation – from introverted, quiet people when sober, into more outgoing characters.
The study found they showed a large drop in conscientiousness when under the influence. 20 per cent of people surveyed fell into this group – with more men than women.
15 per cent of the drinkers embody the sweet traits of Mary Poppins, the kind and gentle Disney nanny.
This group – mostly female – retain their friendly, cooperative and compassionate nature as the night wears on.
The researchers wrote in the Addiction Research and Theory journal: “They decrease less than average in conscientiousness, intellect and agreeableness when intoxicated.
“The Mary Poppins group of drinkers essentially captures the sweet, responsible drinkers who experience fewer alcohol-related problems.”
It is a very different story for the Mr Hydes.
These people become increasingly disagreeable as they drink, showing large reductions in conscientious and intellect – much like their namesake, Dr Jekyll’s sinister alter-ego.
According to the researchers, people of this personality type 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”.
They are the most likely to experience memory blackouts or be arrested because of drunken behaviour.
The Mr Hydes made up 23 per cent of the drinkers – two thirds of which were female.
Via The Telegraph.