Drinking alcohol is a favorite party pastime of many. If you like to drink, you’re not alone! Many people enjoy alcohol – perhaps some beer or a few shots once in awhile. Or maybe a glass of wine is more to your taste. Many believe that the drink you order can reveal a lot about your personality. Maybe you’ve wondered who first discovered drinking, or how long it’s been around. Here, we will examine the links between drink-of-choice and personality, and also provide a complete (slightly abridged) history of alcohol. So sit back, pour yourself a glass, and read on!
When you go to the bar, your choice of drink may say a lot about your personality. For example, men who drink shots are said to be fast drinkers – only there to catch a buzz or get trashed as quickly as possible. In general, shots are a group activity. The man drinking shots alone is almost certainly an alcoholic. If you drink domestic beers, like Budweiser, it is likely because you are afraid to branch out and drink something more tasty. Rum and coke is the go-to order when you’re inexperienced or when you honestly have no idea what you want. Margaritas and tequilas are for the more festive celebratory types. Gin and tonic is for the old folks and old souls. Wine, of course, is for the sophisticated, and those who aren’t planning on getting plastered.
The above are just a few of personality traits revealed by your drink order. Now, we will provide a brief history of alcohol …. if you’re still awake and able to read.
Alcohol is possibly the most widely used (and legal) intoxicant, both historically and in modern times. Humans have been drinking for millennia – the earliest recorded evidence exists in China, from around 7000 B.C. It was used in India, Babylon, and Greece in ancient times, and even during these periods, there were warnings against excessive drinking.
Ethyl alcohol is created by using fermented plant products, such as fruits, grains, and vegetables – it was likely discovered by accident, after food stores were kept for long enough periods to ferment naturally. Alcoholism is said to have first become widespread in 18th century Britain, after a law was passed which encouraged the production of alcohol from grains. In the 19th century, general attitudes toward the intoxicant changed. In 1920, the United States passed a law prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcohol. Prohibition was later repealed in 1933, after it was seen to be ineffective in preventing alcohol abuse. Today, both alcohol use and alcoholism are extremely common. Statistically, 40% of deaths in car accidents are due to driving under the influence, and an estimated 15 million Americans are addicted to alcohol.
We hope you have enjoyed this explanation of the links between alcohol and personality and the brief history we have provided. Remember kids: Drink responsibly, and don’t drink and drive!