What's YOUR Drunk Personality?

horizpagePHOTOGRAPHED BY SUNNY SHOKRAE.
I’ve been told that with a few drinks in me, I’m more bubbly and affectionate than my sober self. Some of my friends become emotional, goofy, or even combative when drinking. Ever wonder what — other than a few gimlets — contributes to your drunk identity? Our friends at Shape investigated why your behavior changes as happy hour progresses.
Here's what they found: Drinking doesn’t create character traits, it exaggerates the ones you already have. So, this may be tough to hear, but the biggest puzzle piece of your drunk personality...is your actual personality. Research indicates that alcohol reduces the activity of your brain’s prefrontal cortex, the seat of self-control. When that slows down, you’re less likely to check your impulses and more apt to engage in, shall we say, socially questionable behavior.
Gender also influences your response to alcohol. Women produce less of the liver enzyme that breaks down alcohol than men do, so they feel its effects more quickly. But, the physical response to alcohol — its effects on coordination and speech — is genetically determined; researchers have also pinpointed a single gene that makes some people more likely to drink heavily than others. These same people can knock back more beverages before feeling or showing drunkenness. To discover the full story behind your inebriated alter-ego, click through to Shape.

More from Diet & Nutrition

Halloween (prime vampire season) is coming up, so it's only natural if you've been eating more garlic lately. The only downside of all that supernatural ...
When you get pregnant, the food advice you receive tends to revolve around what you supposedly can't eat or drink: sushi, seafood, alcohol, soft cheeses...
If you live in the Northeast of the U.S., you might want to check on the meat in your fridge. The CDC announced on Saturday that it is investigating a ...
On Wednesday, I was in one of those elevators with a news and advertising screen when I was faced yet again with the results of the month of sobriety ...
How many times have you woken up with a disgusting hangover after a heavy night and vowed never to drink again? Well, this common plight could one day be...
It seems like everyone’s looking for ways to eat more protein. And there’s a good reason for it, too: Often known as the “building block” of the body, ...
While you'll probably never hear anyone raving about the deliciousness of their school cafeteria hot lunch, it's a much better alternative to not having it...
On Monday, Kellogg's recalled 10,000 Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles packages that were potentially contaminated. And on Wednesday, Blue Bell Creameries ...
If you haven't yet heard the word “gluten,” you've probably been living under a rock. Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Miley Cyrus have embraced the...
If Stranger Things reawakened your childhood love for the ubiquitous Eggo waffle, we have some pretty upsetting news. On Monday, Kellogg's voluntarily ...
Apple cider vinegar's (ACV) reputation as a miracle cure certainly isn't new — supposedly even the Ancient Greeks were into the stuff. Today, though, the...
Hackers leaked the medical files of Serena Williams, Simone Biles, Venus Williams, and basketball player Elena Delle Donne early Tuesday, the World Anti-...
This article was originally published on April 26, 2016. Yes, it's true that health food can be staggeringly expensive — especially if it's something ...
We don't do diets. But we still love to eat — and we want to eat well. In her column, How To Eat, Refinery29's favorite intuitive eating coach Christy ...