Does Alcohol Make You Tell the Truth? Yes And No

I’m pretty sure you have heard this a few times, people under the influence are their true selves and the things they say are what they truly mean, which in my opinion is completely false depending on how you look at it.

In a way telling the truth while on alcohol would be considered a form of confidence, and you will certainly notice people blurring out things they would normally not do or say, but does that mean it’s the truth?

I Decided To Ask AI This Question

The effects of alcohol on truthfulness can vary widely from person to person. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that affects cognitive functions, including judgment and inhibitions. When people consume alcohol, it can impair their ability to think clearly and make sound decisions. In some cases, this impairment can lead individuals to speak more candidly or disclose information they might not share when sober.

However, it’s important to note that alcohol doesn’t necessarily guarantee truthfulness. The extent to which someone is affected by alcohol, both physiologically and behaviorally, depends on factors such as the individual’s tolerance, the amount consumed, and the rate of consumption. Additionally, alcohol can lower inhibitions and increase impulsivity, which may lead to indiscreet or unfiltered statements.

On the other hand, excessive alcohol consumption can also lead to confusion, memory impairment, and disorientation, making it difficult for individuals to accurately recall or communicate information.

In summary, while some people may become more open or forthcoming under the influence of alcohol, it doesn’t necessarily mean that everything they say is truthful or reliable. Alcohol’s impact on behavior and communication is complex and can vary from person to person. It’s always essential to approach information shared under the influence of alcohol with caution and consider the context and individual differences.

And Here Is My Point of View From Experience

I feel there is a huge difference between someone getting drunk once and a while and telling someone they hate the shoes they bought a week ago versus a Alcoholic who becomes completely delusional, and I am talking about drinking to the extreme, which is very well known to also cause delirium.

I have had my fair share of “losing friends” and texting and saying the most absurd things to my family members and waking up the next day feeling incredibly sorry and with a brain that is impossible to phantom the reasons behind these texts, words, or phone calls.

What I managed to find out for myself and this is not based on science is that it does become a little bit of a puzzle that contains mixed experiences so for example, your best friend is “according to” you in a bad relationship, abusive household, maybe a cheating wife or husband and you have been trying to be there for your friend, but all of the sudden, when you went way, passed your drinking limit your help turns into anger and in this process, you are just going to hurt your friend while your real intentions always have been helping out.

I truly believe and I have had cases like this that I wanted friends to succeed so badly that when I got drunk I said the worst possible things such as, you are never going to succeed and so on. Yes, this sounds super strange right because at the time of being sober you totally wouldn’t say those things, or at least in that type of way.

And I am not writing this to excuse myself or others from this type of behavior but I do believe in the fact that with alcohol abuse comes a lot of delusion and while your thoughts might be on helping out, the person you love is suddenly seeing such a dark side of you.

You Have To Separate A Drunk From A Alcoholic

So here is my opinion, a guy or girl that goes out for a drink and tells you that you look fat and ugly or proceeds to get into altercations is completely different from a real alcoholic.

Simply put this doesn’t happen overnight and I am bringing in AI on this subject again regarding Alcohol delirium (ADW) and adding my own experience to it.

Alcohol delirium, also known as alcohol-induced delirium or alcohol withdrawal delirium (AWD), is a severe and potentially life-threatening condition that can occur when individuals abruptly stop or significantly reduce their alcohol intake after a period of heavy and prolonged drinking. It typically manifests within 48 to 72 hours after the last drink and is characterized by severe confusion, disorientation, hallucinations (both visual and auditory), agitation, and sometimes seizures.

During episodes of alcohol delirium, individuals may indeed say or exhibit behaviors that seem irrational, nonsensical, or “crazy.” This is because the condition profoundly affects cognitive function and perception, leading to a state of extreme mental confusion and disturbance. People experiencing alcohol delirium may not be able to accurately perceive reality or communicate coherently.

Alcohol delirium is a medical emergency and requires immediate intervention and treatment in a hospital setting. Without proper medical care, it can lead to complications such as respiratory failure, cardiovascular collapse, or death. Treatment typically involves supportive care, administration of medications to manage symptoms and prevent complications, and addressing any underlying nutritional deficiencies or medical issues associated with chronic alcohol abuse.

If someone you know is exhibiting signs of alcohol delirium or severe alcohol withdrawal, it’s crucial to seek medical help promptly. Trying to manage this condition without professional assistance can be dangerous and potentially fatal.

Putting In My Thoughts

This is the reason I mentioned separating types of drunkness, I have had moments where I would go insane in my texts or calls or even in real life saying things that I have no clue about and I also mentioned the puzzle right? When I go over the texts I have sent, which I rarely do out of complete shame I often find that one part comes straight from a movie or something I read once, and another part could be semi-real but as they call it turning a mouse into an elephant.

On top of that what I noticed is that my experiences get mixed, I somehow feel every reason to blame the world or someone else and it becomes a masterpiece of loved ones, family, and friend destruction with no real scene to the actual source of the story.

So Does Alcohol Make You Tell The Truth?

To a degree, certainly when it comes to becoming a little bit too confident and drunk to take things a bit further than you normally would but when it comes to a real alcoholic I don’t believe this to be true at all you will probably notice more lies even in the little things such as did you had 1 or more beer?

Yeah, you are not going to get a true answer to that one.

Please Note Alcohol delirium was an extreme example in this post, before delirium there are a lot more levels that can also make you come up with complete fairy tales.

I wouldn’t say go easy on “The Alcoholic” it’s a disease but rather keep in mind and this is just for yourself that the things you get to hear and read are coming from a person in distress, chaos and so much more, and could have no personal relation to you personally.

What I did a couple of years ago, was telling people to just block me and to not entertain this sort of behavior in any shape or form as it’s going to get you nowhere. Just like the police do, a drunk holding cell and the person that walked in there drunk will come out a different person the next morning. There is a good reason they are called drunk cells or stay overnight to sober up as you are simply dealing with an irrational human being with no point in arguing with them.

Does Alcohol Make You Cross The Line?

The simple answer to this question is an absolute YES, does that make the person bad? Yes and no and also completely depending on his or her surroundings. Where some groups of friends or families deem certain behavior as acceptable and a daily occurrence while others don’t.

Again alcohol gives you that confidence boost where you feel confident enough to do certain things you normally wouldn’t but to get straight to the point, there comes a time or a day in that person’s life when they know picking up that drink is going to cause certain situations that are just not acceptable.

And while most people don’t just drink for fun, especially alcoholics or people suffering from anxiety, depression and there can be a thousand other reasons. End of the day, it’s their responsibility when take that first sip of alcohol, and after enough experiences, they are well aware of what can happen under the influence.

Yes, this completely counts for me as well.

It isn’t Alcohol that’s crossing the line, it’s the person itself however I do want to say that most if not all Alcoholics begin that first drink or that first sip with the intent to harm, but that doesn’t give anyone a free ticket out of jail.

When you are reading this as someone who is dealing with a loved one, a friend, a family member, or whoever it may be, never accept that it’s the booze, or make excuses for that person otherwise they will simply never learn.

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Martijn van Eijk
Martijn is a passionate creator and the driving force behind He created this website to assist individuals and their families in conquering alcohol addiction and finding a joyful, fulfilling life after alcohol. With a deep understanding of the challenges they face, he empowers readers with valuable insights and practical guidance on their journey towards recovery. Author of the Stop Shaking Book.