It’s clear from experiences of real life that alcohol can cause drastically different effects on the personality of one person from another. People express shock about change they notice from their partners or spouses while they are drinking. How does personality change when drinking alcohol?
Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia assigned 187 undergraduates who have a “drinking buddy” (a person who is aware of their personality traits when both drunk and sober) the task to fill identical surveys so as to determine frequency of drinking, consequences related to alcohol and drunk and sober personality traits. They then formed ‘types of drunks’ or subgroups based on 5-factor method – the traits utilized by psychologists to assess personality of a person – which includes extraversion, neuroticism, openness, conscientiousness and agreeableness.
It turns out that there are 4 types of alcoholic personalities that match with certain popular characters: Mary Poppins, Hemingway, the Nutty Professor and Mr. Hyde. These 4 kinds of personality change when drinking alcohol are described below:
Many of the times, the personality change occurs depends on the mood of the person before the consumption of alcohol and getting intoxicated. Moreover, the speed with which alcohol is consumed and the amount consumed are also described as factors with persons who drink fast and heavily often getting aggressive quickly. The response of an alcoholic to drinking large amounts of alcohol – either being excessive jovial and pleasant or being excessive angry–is believed to be influenced by genetic factor that makes some persons respond to it with giddiness or aggression. However, experiencing excess stress levels may also cause such response.
The reaction of an individual to alcohol or personality change when drinking depends on factors such as genetics, neurological system, constitution and other imponderable factors.
It is an important fact that different persons react in a different way to alcohol. Some people become happy after excessive intake of alcohol. They are individuals who do not become aggressive even while they are drunk, though they become more extroverts.
Personality changes when drinking are often in alcoholics. The major signs and symptoms of an individual suffering from alcohol addiction or alcoholism are:
These signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction are often associated with not only denial but also outbursts of anger if someone such as a mother, wife or friend says that they have alcohol drinking problem or they should stop drinking or need help or seek help. The denial associated with anger is interesting as the persons doing the advising or pointing out mean well and do not try to be insulting to the alcoholic.
An average individual may react differently by admitting the fact that they are in fact drinking excessively and will decrease or stop their drinking, but they will not get angry as they do not feel that there is a need to get annoyed. An alcoholic on the other hand, is seemingly unaware of what actually is happening and gets enraged, resentful and furious.
The above mentioned symptoms are only some of the symptoms of a person who have problem with drinking alcohol. Some of the other symptoms of alcohol addiction are: