Hey Party People: You look dumb with that drink in your hand.

16 Sep

Just read this article citing a study that shows that people known to be drinking alcohol or even just holding an alcoholic drink are perceived as stupid — even by their co-drinkers. There’s a link to the paper in the article. Running title? “Imbibing Idiot Bias.”

Who am I to argue with science?

I do not drink alcohol. I was at a party recently where I stood happily drinking a glass of water. The hostess and several guests made disparaging remarks about my water drinking. These were all people I knew and who clearly felt comfortable commenting upon my healthy and quite refreshing libation (and it doesn’t bother me at all, I’m quite used to being mocked by the many boozehounds in my life). I think next time I’ll reply by citing this study.


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