Have you ever gone through photos from a wild party and thought, “When did that happen? And who’s the girl I’m hugging?!” If you’ve ever been hammered or have had to take care of someone who’s had one too many drinks, then you know just how friendly and ~affectionate~ drunk people can be.
That’s because low doses of alcohol can actually promote relaxation and ease tension; alcohol’s also been described as “liquid courage” because it lowers our inhibitions and makes us feel like we can do pretty much anything, including acting more impulsively.
So when we’re more than tipsy, these symptoms are magnified. According to Dr. Glasner, “With larger doses of alcohol, not only can a person lower their inhibitions, but their emotions can also be altered. Alcohol has well documented effects on brain chemicals and structures that [help] us control our impulses and suppress or deliberately hold back on certain behaviors.”
From a psychological point of view, however, some argue that because you expect to be less self-conscious under the influence, you comply with those expectations while you’re drinking. What that means is that if you’re naturally shyer and you treat alcohol as “liquid courage,” then expecting alcohol to make you braver changes your behavior accordingly.
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