If You Love Gin And Tonic You’re Probably A Psychopath, Study Finds

by : Tom Percival on : 07 Sep 2016 18:46
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If you, like myself, fancy a cheeky gin and tonic after a hard day typing nonsense into a keyboard in the vague hope your boss doesn’t notice you’re not actually working, then we’ve got some bad news for you – you may be a psychopath. 

According to psychologists, enjoying bitter-tasting food and drinks, like a cold delicious gin and tonic, means you may have psychopathic tendencies such as Machiavellianism, sadism and narcissism.


This trio of personality defects make those afflicted with them more prone to acting in a duplicitous, cold and selfish way – basically being a right c*nt, The Evening Standard reports.

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Researchers at Innsbruck University in Austria conducted an experiment on 1,000 people, where they gave subjects a list of sweet, salty, sour and bitter foods.

Those taking part were asked to score how much they liked each of the foods on a scale ranging from ‘dislike strongly’ to ‘like strongly’.


After this, the subjects were made to complete a number of personality questionnaires designed to measure their emotional stability, sadism, aggression and Machiavellianism.


From this, they discovered that people with a preference for bitter taste were more likely to suffer from psychopathy, narcissism and everyday sadism, while agreeableness and cooperativeness tended to be negatively correlated with bitter taste preferences.

Researchers have been left baffled by their findings and don’t know why people with these negative traits prefer bitter tastes, but they speculate that it may be some odd kind of risk taking.


You see, bitter tastes usually correspond to poisonous foods and the horrible flavour is supposed to put us off eating them.

Experts believe that the thrill of eating ‘risky’ foods may be related to some psychopaths’ risk taking nature.

Honestly, this is the worst thing I’ve read about gin since chapter 9 of Belinda Blinked

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Tom Percival

More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism. Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV. He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.

Topics: Science


Evening Standard
  1. Evening Standard

    Love drinking gin and tonic? You could be a psychopath, research suggests