Are drunken words truly sober thoughts?
In vino veritas - (phrase) Latin. In wine, there is truth.
I think I can speak with the utmost confidence when I say we've all wondered if drunken words truly are sober thoughts.
It is a well known fact that alcohol does alter your characteristics the more inebriated you become.
Shy people can become more confident, kind people can become mean, and boring people can become the life of the party.
Drinking such drinks will interfere with the brain's communication pathways by slowing down the neurotransmitters, causing a loss of control and rational mind.
In addition, it triggers the release of dopamine and endorphins, creating a sense of happiness and euphoria; hence the impending exchange of drunken words.
The (behavioral) effects of alcohol include:
Dredging up pent up feelings.
Becoming unfiltered when speaking.
A disregard of consequences from your actions.
Amplification of past traumas.
Lack of inhibitions - you think, act, and express feelings naturally and truthfully, and become less awkward and anxious.
Expressing deep grievances and sentiments.
Uncharacteristic fights / arguments.
Taking these into consideration, how can we know if drunken words are truly sober thoughts?
Surely there is some truth to the drunken word, within the right context. Booze is known to be used for dutch courage (gaining strength and courage through the consumption of alcohol), in order for people to be able to express their true feelings and lessen their anxiety levels.
Given that, it also lowers your inhibitions - indicating that your 'think before you speak' mental process is pretty much straight out of the window. Therefore, when it comes to people unloading personal-emotional baggage onto you, why shouldn't you believe that it is true?
Yes, it may be overly exaggerated, or amplified in severity, but there is a reason that it is in your mind.
Obviously intoxication goes hand-in-hand with some serious personality changes - as we have already covered.
Your reactions to high pressure situations will differ to how you would soberly deal with the same event. If feeling attacked, survival mode can kick in and cause you to act in a way that will save your own back by any means necessary.
When your mind becomes unfiltered and your sense of accountability depletes, lying doesn't bear down on your conscience to such a degree - especially if you don't remember come the next morning!
Repercussions aren't considered and you may just say what (you think) people want to hear; whether that is good or bad.
A study performed at the University of Missouri College of Arts and Science looked in to this exact question.
67 subjects were divided into three groups. One group consumed soft drinks, one a placebo drink, and the final group had vodka-tonics. They were then asked to perform tasks and were monitored on their reactions to failing questions.
The results showed that drunk people often know that they're making alcohol-induced mistakes, but they don't care as much when they were told.
Therefore... Are drunken words truly sober thoughts?
I think it is plausible to assume that there is a certain amount of truth within the drunken word-vomit of an inebriated person.
Surely a thought has to already have been implanted within a sober mind, to build up the schpeel that follows on from a few drinks.
Whether it be an admission of guilt, the confession of feelings, or a release of past trauma. There is a certain threshold between a slip of the tongue, and an in-depth conversation, where you begin to realise that the booze isn't to blame, but just aided in giving the confidence to speak truthfully.
We've all been guilty of it: spilling your guts (figuratively speaking) in the toilets of a nightclub, or during a bathtub chat at a house party, sending a text to someone you like and laying all of your cards out on the table.
And when you're the tispy rambler, you are the only one who knows really the amount of truth that lies within.
Think of a scenario. When have you been victim to alcohol-infused oversharing? Was there truth in what you said?
I know that, out all of the occasions that I have succumbed to it, it has come from a good place; the liquor just encouraged the words to sail on out, without the accompaniment of anxiety and *as much* feeling.
You can blame the booze for a small proportion, but a seed has to be planted in order for the flower to grow.
Everything has to start somewhere. Even if you don't realise it, or you don't want to admit it, there is an element of truth contained within.
Until next time,
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