Obviously, the researchers who studied the language men and women use to describe their level of intoxication (for a new study, just published today) did NOT take a look at this site where words and phrases like “wasted,” and “drunk off my ass” are bandied about by
Iwanna our mostly-female community all the freakin’ time. Instead, researchers had 145 undergraduate students read vignettes describing people who had been drinking. Participants used words like “tipsy” to describe the drunk-ass female characters, while they used words like “wasted” and ‘hammered” to describe the drunk-ass male characters.
This supports previous research that found “that women tend to use terms that describe their own intoxication levels as more moderate, while men tend to choose terms describing heavy intoxication.”
The lead researcher said that “the difference in language may reflect gender and social norms. One possibility is that women downplay intoxication to fit expectations about how much women should drink.” The study also suggests that women who are drunk “may be negatively perceived by their female and male peers.”
You know what else may happen to women who are drunk and underestimate their level of intoxication? Worse than having embarrassing photos of themselves posted and tagged on Facebook, they are are greater risk of sexual victimization and drunk driving. So, hey, if you want to get hammered or tipsy or wasted or drunk, have at it! Just remember to do it safely — don’t drive if you’ve been drinking (and don’t let another drunk drive!), and don’t go home with some rando you’ve just met or someone you don’t trust. If you want to exchange numbers, fine. If you want to make out in the corner of a darkened bar, cool. But if you’ve been drinking heavily, don’t be stupid and end up alone with someone you don’t know who could take advantage of your drunk ass. Calling yourself “tipsy” isn’t going to save you from the jerks who prey on wasted women.
[via USA Today]