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Gingersnap
12-16-2008, 02:36 PM
Faulty gene causes some people to become aggressive drunks
The secret to why some people are naturally happy or violent drunks has been discovered.

by Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor
Last Updated: 1:29PM GMT 16 Dec 2008

Alcohol appears to trigger violent behaviour in people who have a particular overactive gene.

The MAOA gene produces an enzyme that breaks down brain chemicals involved with mood.

When alcohol is mixed with high levels of the enzyme it can create a 'dangerous cocktail', according to new research.

The finding raises the possibility that people could be screened for the gene and offered treatment, behavioural therapy or be warned to abstain from alcohol.

The discovery emerged from a study of 174 Finnish alcoholic male offenders with histories of violence. Drinking was found to increase the risk of impulsive violence among individuals born with a highly active version of the MAOA gene.

The effect appears to diminish with age which may explain why younger people are more likely to get into alcohol fuelled fights than older ones.

Obviously this is bad news for angry drunks since you will all eventually be the Do Not Serve database. :)

Angry Dry Drunks (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/3776083/Faulty-gene-causes-some-people-to-become-aggressive-drunks.html)

Bubba Dawg
12-16-2008, 07:55 PM
Interesting. I've known some mean drunks. Never thought it could be genetic.

There may be a racial component. I read that the Japanese drank sake before bombing Pearl Harbor.

Goldwater
12-16-2008, 08:02 PM
There may be a racial component. I read that the Japanese drank sake before bombing Pearl Harbor.

I think most people would have a drop or two of alcohol before launching a surprise attack on a world super power.

But thats just me. ;)

Bubba Dawg
12-16-2008, 08:17 PM
I think most people would have a drop or two of alcohol before launching a surprise attack on a world super power.

But thats just me. ;)

True. But a shot or two of sake and then you're writing a haiku like...

December 7 1941
Cool Hawaiian morning
A Nip in the air

Gingersnap
12-16-2008, 08:27 PM
True. But a shot or two of sake and then you're writing a haiku like...

December 7 1941
Cool Hawaiian morning
A Nip in the air

LOL! You are so burning in Hell for that.

On a related note: I once recreated the bombing of Pearl Harbor on my Boss's desk on a December 7th. He was Japanese.

I had some help, of course. It's tough to fold that many paper ships alone. :)

Bubba Dawg
12-16-2008, 08:31 PM
LOL! You are so burning in Hell for that.

On a related note: I once recreated the bombing of Pearl Harbor on my Boss's desk on a December 7th. He was Japanese.

I had some help, of course. It's tough to fold that many paper ships alone. :)

Nice job there Miz Sensitivity. :p:D

Was it a ......surprise....

Gingersnap
12-16-2008, 08:37 PM
Nice job there Miz Sensitivity. :p:D

Was it a ......surprise....

Well, it was for him. Maybe he could have gotten into the spirit more after knocking back some sake. :D

BadCat
12-17-2008, 10:02 AM
Though I'm not much of a drinker (and I tend to dislike people who are), I am a friendly, happy drunk if I get that way.

I always go through the "5 stages of drunk"


Stage 1 - SMART

This is when you suddenly become an expert on every subject in the known Universe. You know you know everything and want to pass on your knowledge to anyone who will listen. At this stage you are always RIGHT. And of course the person you are talking to is very WRONG. This makes for an interesting argument when both parties are SMART.

Stage 2 - GOOD LOOKING

This is when you realise that you are the BEST LOOKING person in the entire bar and that people fancy you. You can go up to a perfect stranger knowing they fancy you and really want to talk to you. Bear in mind that you are still SMART, so you can talk to this person about any subject under the sun.

Stage 3 - RICH

This is when you suddenly become the richest person in the world. You can buy drinks for the entire bar because you have an armoured truck full of money parked behind the bar. You can also make bets at this stage, because of course, you are still SMART, so naturally you win all your bets. It doesn't matter how much you bet 'cos you are RICH. You will also buy drinks for everyone that you fancy, because now you are the BEST LOOKING person in the world.

Stage 4 - BULLET PROOF

You are now ready to pick fights with anyone and everyone especially those with whom you have been betting or arguing. This is because nothing can hurt you. At this point you can also go up to the partners of the people who you fancy and challenge to a battle of wits or money. You have no fear of losing this battle because you are SMART, you are RICH and hell, you're BETTER LOOKING than they are anyway

Stage 5 - INVISIBLE

This is the Final Stage of Drunkenness. At this point you can do anything because NO ONE CAN SEE YOU. You dance on a table to impress the people who you fancy because the rest of the people in the room cannot see you. You are also invisible to the person who wants to fight you. You can walk through the street singing at the top of your lungs because no one can see or hear you and because you're still SMART you know all the words.