4 Types of drinking personalities named; which one are you?

Mostly for all, there are two types of people based on alcohol consumption – drinkers and non-drinkers. But a recent US study conducted by the University of Columbia-Missouri has named the categories that classify the drinkers.


Each of the four categories has its own specific behavioural traits, which helped the researchers identify and differentiate the alcohol drinkers. The researchers asked a group of 364 males and females to fill in a personality questionnaire two times. The first set of questionnaire was to be filled in thinking that they are sober, while the other set, thinking that they are drunk.

The test named the four categories as Ernest Hemingway, Mr. Hyde, Mary Poppins, and The Nutty Professor. Researchers evaluated the sample size for personality traits which include factors such as extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, intellect, and emotional stability while drinking.


Let’s take a look at the categories individually.

1 Ernest Hemingway

This category was named after the famous American author, Ernest Hemingway, who was known for his ability to drink large quantities of alcohol. He was once famously quoted, “I can drink hells any amount of whiskey without getting drunk.”


Most of the sample size fell under the Hemingway category. These people were still able to process complex ideas and were considered reliable. They showed very little decrease in conscientiousness or intellect, meaning that they could hold their own even after consuming considerable amount of alcohol.

Ernest Hemingway

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2 Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins is a beloved children’s character from P.L.Traver’s book, which was later made into a motion picture by Disney. Mary Poppins is a friendly, imaginative nanny.

Most of the female participants of the study fell into this group. The test subjects showed increased extroversion and confidence. They also indicated more than average loss of intellect, responsible drinking habits.

Mary Poppins

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3 Mr. Hyde

The third category is Mr. Hyde. Named after the famous alter ego of Dr. Jekyll, the subjects who fell in this category showed highly increased extroversion and tendency to get disruptive. Their intellect lowered considerably, hampering their ability to think clearly. The researchers also found out that they were most likely to be arrested due to their alcoholic behaviour.

Mr. Hyde

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4 The Nutty Professor

The fourth category is referred to as The Nutty Professor. It is named after a 1996 comedy film starring Eddie Murphy, where he drinks a potion and transforms from an obese and shy professor into a confident alter personality, Buddy Love.


The researchers found that the participants who showed over extroversion, as a sign of a drastic change of personality, can be clubbed under this category. The conscientiousness goes for a toss and the participant becomes extra confident, exaggerating the submersed personality traits in the drinker.

Most of the participants falling under this category were male.

The Nutty Professor

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Now that all the four categories have been explained, find out which one are you and comment below.


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