According to science, there are four types of drunk. Which one are you?

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    Think of your friends on a night out. Do any of these sound familiar? The weeper. The scrapper. The party bringer. The liability. We all have at least one friend who falls into one of these categories when they get drunk, much to either our delight or despair.

    But according to researchers at the University of Missouri, there are officially four types of drunk personality out there into which everyone can be categorised.

    Using popular culture to explain the categories, the team concluded that the four types of drinkers are: the Ernest Hemingway, the Mary Poppins, the Nutty Professor and the Mr. Hyde.

    Sound a little too simplistic to be true? Well, you’d be surprised.

    First up are the Ernest Hemingway is based on the writer’s his famous boast that he could ‘drink hells any amount of whiskey without getting drunk.’ Basically, this means that no matter how much you drink you don’t really change, with 40% of the people surveyed falling into this category.

    The Mary Poppins group takes its name from the description the cinematic supernanny gives herself in the 1964 film – ‘practically perfect in every way’. The Mary Poppins group are outgoing types who only become happier and even more fun after a few drinks. Think of that friend who is always first on the dance floor and the last one to leave – this is her.

    Number three is the Nutty Professors – a group whose drunk personality is based on Eddie Murphy’s chemically-altered over-confident alter ego in the nineties film.

    Nutty Professors are natural introverts who, with the help of a little alcoholic social lubrication, shed their inhibitions to become the life and soul of the party. Basically, it’s the accounts team at the Christmas party.

    Finally, Mr Hydes are your classic split personality drinkers, where an evil twin seems to emerge when they’ve got a bit of booze in the system.

    Demonstrating ‘a particularly harmful transformation when intoxicated’, Mr Hydes are the people who get angry and violent, careless and irresponsible, or weepy and inconsolable when drinking (that’ll be the friend that always cries then).

    But the categories aren’t just the making of a fun online personality quiz. The authors behind the study are hoping to use these categories as a way of tailoring future alcoholism interventions to relevant personality types (Mr Hydes, we’re looking at you). Who says drinking and science don’t mix?

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