Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Angry Drunks All Have One Thing In Common

When I have more than a few beers, I tend to fall asleep or at least get really tired. I've been known to snooze on many car rides home. My friends are more fun - they get loud and crazy when they drink But there is always that one friend, no matter what circle you are hanging with at the time, that gets angry. Like yelling, screaming, slamming doors angry. Ever wondered why alcohol makes them so mad?
They all lack one personality trait, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Ohio State University to be published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology. They don't have the ability to consider the future consequences of current actions.
“People who focus on the here and now, without thinking about the impact on the future, are more aggressive than others when they are sober, but the effect is magnified greatly when they’re drunk,” Brad Bushman, lead author of the study and professor of communication and psychology at Ohio State University, wrote in a university press release.
Its obvious that someone spontaneous would be a more rambunctious drunk, but why angry? Bushman said that alcohol narrows your attention to only what is important to right now, which could enable people who already have tendency to ignore consequences to react harshly in a hostile situation. (Click here to read how they measured anger in drunk people). Maybe I'll test this soon by putting all of my spontaneous friends in a room together with a keg? Sounds like a good time.

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