Marissa Higgins
September 20, 2016 11:28 am
HBO

When we reflect on ourselves, we tend to think a lot about what our likes, dislikes, and behaviors say about us as individuals. Research out of Innsbruck University in Austria suggests that they’ve discovered the most popular drink of choice by people who display psychopathic tendencies. And (cue the horror movie music) it’s one we see people order at bars and restaurants pretty constantly. That’s right, everybody, science suggests that the most popular drink of choice for a psychopath is a a gin and tonic. Cool, classy, and…. psychopathic? Maybe.

Of course, it’s important to remember that science looks at trends based on what data is available. This study, in particular, looked at over 1000 subjects and evaluated their likes, dislikes, and preferences, up against some of the common traits and tendencies associated with psychopaths. For example, enjoying the pain of others, lacking empathy, and being cold-hearted.

That said, ordering a gin and tonic does NOT mean someone is a psychopath. Instead, this study is examining the inverse: Of people who display psychopathic tendencies, what drink choice is the most popular? This research falls into line similarly with studies that have found people with psychopathic tendencies tend to prefer their coffee black and their chocolate bitter. Basically, what a lot of science attempts to do is determine what trends are consistent among research subjects and what these correlations suggest about people overall.

But hey, let’s be real: If you’re on a horrible first date and the person orders a gin and tonic, you are more than welcome to tell your friends you had to duck out early because your date showed signs of being a psychopath. Better safe than sorry, are we right?

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