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Shocking study results: Drunk people are paranoid

Visitors toast with beer mugs in a Oktoberfest festival tent. (CHRISTOF STACH/AFP/Getty Images)

A lot of hazy nights suddenly make a lot more sense. That guy that tripped you on purpose. That chick that knocked over your beer and then smirked at her friends. Calculated injury, you were sure of it, but too hung over the next morning to figure out why.

But thanks to those hardworking researchers we now know why: because you were sloshed. When you've had more than a few, you're more likely to assume others' actions are intentional, according to a recent study in "Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin."

The test was given to 92 male participants, half fed juice and the other half alcohol. A few hours later, all of the guys were given statements of action that could be interpreted as accidental or intentional. The "drunk" participants thought an action was deliberate far more often.

This "intentionality bias" could be a big clue to the behavior of all those aggressive drunks you know. Hey, you'd be aggressive too if you thought everyone was out to get you.

My only question is -- why all male? Do women react the same way? Where does testosterone fit in to all this?

Then again, I do remember that one time a girl and I got in a cat fight over a spilt cosmo...

By Elizabeth Flock  | October 7, 2010; 1:03 PM ET
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Drunk people are paranoid? Oh. Sure. That's what they *want* us to believe.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 7, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

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