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Sat Nov 01 13:05:12 SAST 2014

Drunk dials no mistake, alcohol is just a truth serum: study

Dominic Skelton | 13 August, 2014 15:28
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A study has revealed that those drunken calls you made last night when you were drunk weren’t actually a mistake… you just didn’t care.

The intoxicated ramblings we all know too well were not necessarily just random thoughts and silly ideas. They were actually the things that your sober self was too scared to say.

Bruce Bartholow, the author of Alcohol Effects on Performance Monitoring and Adjustment, said in an Elite Daily report that alcohol does not make you behave badly; it just makes you care less.

Bartholow conducted an experiment where he gave a third of a 67 person sample alcohol, another third no alcohol and the last third a placebo. They were then tasked to do a computer challenge designed to cause errors.

The alcohol group were as aware as the other two that they were making errors, proving alcohol doesn’t inhibit the ability to know we make mistakes, but rather the ability to care about the consequences of our actions.

Booze also slows down our reaction time. A drunken night will feel like a blur, but actually everything was going at normal pace.

In other words, your mind couldn't keep pace with your mouth so you said something you regretted the next day.

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