A new research showed that the people around us also influence our perception of how sober we are.
The researchers from Cardiff University believe that we do not think accurately about the quantity of alcohol we drink when hanging out with friends.
Furthermore, having drunk acquaintances around could make an individual believe he is more sober than he actually is. Moreover, spending time with people who do not drink while you do, can make you realize your level of drunkenness in a different, more pronounced way.
For this research, analysts examined the alcohol concentration (BrAC) of 1,862 people with the average age of 27. The examinations took place at four places that sold alcohol on Friday and Saturday from 8 pm to 3 am.
400 participants agreed to answer several questions about how much alcohol they have consumed, how drunk they feel and if they feel that their drinking habits are dangerous.
The analysts then classified participants by their BrAC levels. The findings showed that a participant’s condition — whether she or he was just less or more drunk than the other individuals— was much more heavily correlated with that person’s understandings of his or her own intoxication than with the actual BrAC value. The conclusions of the test revealed that no matter your BrAC value, you will likely feel more sober when accompanied by individuals who drank more than you.
The participant’s answers proved that their thoughts of drunkenness were lined in relation to the other individuals accompanying them.
Professor Simon Moore says that researchers have always assumed that people who drink the most alcohol also think that everybody else also consumes alcohol in excess. It seems that no matter the alcohol amount ingested by an individual if he or she will notice others who are more drunk than them, they will feel less in danger from consuming more.
Scientists believe that this theory could change the way we imagine drinking circumstances in the future. Moore also believes that the findings could help decrease alcohol consumption by either increasing the number of sober individuals at a drinking environment or reduce the number of very drunk people.
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