A new study made in the United Kingdom shows that drinkers feel even drunker when they are around sober people. At the opposite corner, when they are with other drunken individuals they underestimate the level of alcohol in their blood.
People evaluate their levels of drunkenness by comparing themselves with the people that surround them. If they are around drunk people, they accept the idea of being drunk
The study was made by interviewing the seventh person that walked by the researchers as they were sitting in four locations in Wales. The researchers sat there between the hours of 8 p.m and 3 a.m.
They asked the people if they could measure their blood-alcohol levels. The researchers also surveyed a subset of those people on how drunk they thought they were and if they considered that alcohol is going to be a health risk for them. They rated how drunk they thought they were on a scale from 1 to 10 and how is the alcohol going to sicken them in 15 years.
In one year the researchers collected the result of 1,800 people and gathered the responses from 400 of them. The ones that scored a 0 were not included in the study.
On average, the result revealed that people reported they felt moderately drunk, and their health was moderately sicken by their drinking.
Results showed that “introducing sober people into a drinking environment would be predicted to have a greater impact on judgments, making people feel more at-risk and more intoxicated, compared to the effect on decreasing feelings of riskiness one might expect if very intoxicated people were introduced into the environment.”
The researchers also admitted that the study had limitations. The people on the survey could have had some social relationship with each other, and that could have had an influence on how much they were drinking. The researchers mentioned that they tried to survey people who were not in the same social circles.
The results of the study can have an important implication for public health because it provided a new method for reducing excessive alcohol consumption. The leader of the study, Simon Moore, said that increasing the number of sober people in a drinking place can decrease the level of alcohol consumed.
Do you think that the drinkers feel drunker when they are surrounded by sober people?