The Gin and Tonic Lover in Your Life Could Be a Psychopath

The gin and tonic is an old drink that's fast gaining popularity across the country. Especially with the season of cocktail parties descending upon us, you might find yourself scouting the liquor aisle for a gin with perfectly balanced botanicals. But be careful because a study released by Innsbruch University in Austria reveals that there could be dark and devious reasons that you love your G&Ts. So much for all the holiday cheer associated with this beverage.

The study shows that there is a strong link between your love of all delicious bitter things (gin, black coffee, dark chocolate) and the likelihood that you have psychopathic tendencies. In fact, it's not just saying that you're more likely to be anti-social and kill bugs if you love gin. The study summarizes its findings saying, "Bitter taste preferences most robustly predict everyday sadism."

And there's no hope if you also find that you like sour and sweet tastes, too. According to the study, it really is just bitter taste that marks you as an outsider. "This association holds when controlling for sweet, sour, and salty taste preferences and that bitter taste preferences are the overall strongest predictor compared to the other taste preferences," according to the study's abstract.

So while you may not find yourself prone to murderous rampages that belong in movies like Silence of the Lambs, your taste buds are telling you something. So perhaps it's best to listen? However, don't become abject too soon. There is some good news associated with these new findings.

Yes, psychopaths have some absolutely terrifying personality traits. However, psychopathic personalities are also known for their intelligence, strong leadership skills, and assertiveness. So you're not subjected to being solely a vain, selfish, un-empathetic human for the rest of your life!

Despite the fact that the study shows that there is a strong link between bitter taste lovers and psychopaths, it does not offer any reason for this connection. The study suggests that those who fall into this category may experience some kind of "thrill" when they consume bitter flavors. Though we don't know the answer, we can still ask the question, "Gimlet anyone?"

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