View Full Version : Study Shows Alcohol Can Also Reduce Aggression

07-18-2007, 10:22 PM
In brief, drunk people apparently have reduced powers of concentration, and when something taxed their limited concentration abilities, drunks were less aggressive than sober people. Of course, drunks that weren't distracted were more aggressive.

So, does this mean we need to find a way to distract people at bars? :goof:

"It appears that alcohol has the potential to both increase and decrease aggression, depending on where's one's attention is focused.

The idea was to see if they could distract those who were "under the influence" from their "hostile" situation. If they could tax their limited powers of concentration, perhaps they wouldn't process the fact that someone was zapping them with electricity.

And that's exactly what happened. As reported in the July issue of Psychological Science, the drunks who had nothing to distract them were predictably mean, exhibiting aggression towards their adversaries. However, the drunks whose attention was focused elsewhere were actually less aggressive than the sober non-drinkers. This seems counterintuitive at first, but it's really not: The sober men were cognitively intact, so they would naturally attend to both provocations and distractions in the room, resulting in some low level of aggression."

07-19-2007, 11:26 AM
Its hard to be aggressive when you are passed out.:wink:

07-19-2007, 11:35 AM
I for one, know, "Lil" BDH is less focused and aggressive (dare I say "flaccid") with to much alcohol! :D