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Study finds that alcohol makes you care less

Shocker: Alcohol Makes You Care Less

Ever find some embarrassing emails or texts the morning after drinking? Well, you might not be able to blame them on that extra cocktail anymore.

In a study from the University of Missouri, researchers looked at how alcohol affects someone's awareness of their mistakes. It found alcohol doesn't necessarily cause those mistakes, but people care much less about making them.

The researchers gave three groups of people either a soft drink, a placebo or an alcoholic beverage. Those individuals were then given a series of computer tests designed to purposely cause mistakes. The researchers say everyone was aware of those mistakes, even those who drank alcohol.

The study was published back in 2012 -- but it just recently made headlines when an outlet in Australia picked up the story.

That outlet is News Limited. It quotes the study's lead researcher who believes alcohol silences the body's "alarm signal." "It is very common for people to respond more slowly following an error, as a way of trying to regain self-control. ... The alcohol group of participants didn't do this."

So as some media outlets put it: Drunk words really ARE sober thoughts and alcohol is just a truth serum.

If you're wondering how to prevent those drunk dials in the future, we know of a few apps that might help you out.

There's the Drunk Mode app that prevents you from contacting any number of people from your contact list for a specified amount of time.

Then there's the BAC Calculator that estimates your blood alcohol content, showing you how intoxicated you really are - if you can even remember to use it.

The study was published in The Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

This video contains images from Alpha du centaure / CC BY SA 2.0.

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xraybrain August 18 2014 at 7:42 AM

People care less when drunk....wow, what a revelation, who would have ever known

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doketx August 18 2014 at 1:46 PM

How insightful! This information has probably only been known since the Mesopotamians started brewing beer about, oh, 5,000 years ago, at least.

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dexrmerritt August 18 2014 at 8:43 AM

makes you care less ... and this is monumental knowledge or not...

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BRUCE August 18 2014 at 7:17 AM

"Drunk words really ARE sober thoughts....alcohol is just a truth serum"
I highly disagree....A lot of mistakes made under the influence of alcohol would not exist in a sober state. Some of things said and done under the influence would not even be in your normal thought process in a sober state. In short....alcohol makes you think and then act stupidly.

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caron August 18 2014 at 12:46 PM

And another 5 seconds of my life I will never get back~and now for something entirely different. Geeze AOL, how long did it take you guys to dig this up and make it News? LMAO!!! Who knew?

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Mike August 18 2014 at 5:50 PM

That would explain a lot of "rape" allegations.

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alisasookne Mike August 18 2014 at 8:03 PM

You mean that rapists want to commit rape when they are sober, but use alcohol as a cover? That's a fact that has already been established in several studies. As for women falsely accusing people of rape, the majority of those are when the victim is passed out. THe rapist doesn't give them the choice. The only affect this study had on rape allegations is that it further proves that rapists are not excused by drinking.

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sueolds29 August 18 2014 at 3:34 PM

Pot does the same thing, funny no one seems concerned about that.

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LeapinLeah sueolds29 August 18 2014 at 11:25 PM

sueolds29 you are as wrong as four left shoes.

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James August 18 2014 at 5:44 AM

WTF does "computer tests designed to purposely cause mistakes" mean?

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cdrewparks889 James August 18 2014 at 6:49 AM

Maybe the question changes after you answer it?

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jgesselberty James August 18 2014 at 1:44 PM

It means that they used Windows vista.

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jj2301 August 18 2014 at 4:33 PM

Alcohol lowers one's inhibitions. This is news? I was taught this back in the 1970s.

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belldon10 August 18 2014 at 3:37 PM

Any honest drunk (if you can find one) would tell you he/she knew it was inappropriate but could care less.

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