Get weekly updates via email!
tip of the day THU 31 JUL 14
Eat slowly. It's good for better digestion--it will help you enjoy your food more too!
  • Good House Keeping
    The July issue is our Makeover Special! Be inspired by the weight-loss successes of The Biggest Loser’s Kayen Lazaro and Osie Nebreja, who entered the reality TV show simply wanting to lose weight but ended up gaining whole new (healthier!) lives.
    Good Housekeeping
  • Women's Health
    Jumpstart your best body today with this month’s best foods special. Women’s Health shares over 100 of the best packaged foods for women, sourced from leading supermarkets, specialty stores, and delivery services.
    Women's Health
Charlene J. Owen, Contributor
 
November 15, 2012

Too Much To Drink: Alcoholic Men Can’t Interpret Humor or Irony

Alcohol is great in small increments, but addiction to it may blunt your sense of the most basic of emotions, even when you're not with a bottle. By Charlene J. Owen

We know that people under the influence of too much alcohol tend to have momentary episodes of misperception, but chronic alcoholic men have it worse--they can’t process other people’s emotions or interpret reactions even when they’re sober.

Researchers of a study featured on NBCNews.com have thought that heavy drinking damages the part of the brain that decodes humor and irony, as well as other basic feelings such as happiness and sadness.  The misinterpretation oftentimes causes aggressive reactions from the dependent.

To determine the full effects of drinking on “emotion recognition,” researcher Simonta Amenta from Italy’s University of Milano-Bicocca and her colleagues worked with 44 men, half of which were non-alcoholics, while the other half were on their third week of their alcohol detoxification program. The participants read a number of stories with either a straightforward or an ironic ending and filled out a questionnaire which was designed to gauge how much they understood the emotional state of each fictional character.

The results showed that alcohol-dependent men were way off in determining irony. They were only able to identify ironic sentences 63 percent of the time, as compared to the 90 percent of non-alcoholics. This goes to show that they can easily misinterpret conversations and situations going on around them--even if they’re not drunk.

Although the study only focuses on men, alcohol has the same damaging effect on the senses of women.  It’s good to party, but important to know when to quit.  If you or your any of your loved ones reach for the bottle too often for comfort, there are many things you can do stop before you even start.  For cases that can’t be handled just by mere self-control, try to seek intervention.      

(Screencap from Mad Men courtesy of AMC)

Join us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
COMMENTS
Name :
Email :
Website :
Comment :
Security Image
 
 
NOTE: FemaleNetwork.com is a CLEAN ZONE. Editors reserve the right to delete obscene comments.
Filter comments by:
  • Be the first one to comment...
Filter comments by:
 
 
ADVERTISEMENT
follow us
LATEST Articles
MOST READ Articles
Is Your Cell Phone Slowly Killing You?
It sounds like a B movie from the '90s, but Attack of the Mobile may hold more truth than fiction.   Jul 30, 2014 
Study Says It's Important for Us to Learn How to Forgive
It proves that to err is human, but to forgive is human, too.  Jul 28, 2014 
Why Watching TV to De-Stress May Backfire on You
You may be entertained for a while, but a new study reveals unseen negative effects.   Jul 25, 2014 
Here's Why a Little Bedtime Snack Is Good for You
Contrary to popular belief, it won't necessarily make you fat.  Jul 24, 2014 
This Is Why Alcohol and Energy Drinks Do Not Mix
Let's just say this is not the time to be adventurous.   Jul 22, 2014 
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT