Indeed, almost all of us have the experience of feeling high after a drink. People immediately start to like you, and it is easier to make friends.
But is it good advice to turn to Dutch courage before communicating? Leaving prejudice aside, we decided to find out if there is any scientific data confirming drunk people socialize better.
Disputes and research on this topic have been going on for a long time and have not lost their relevance. According to a 2012 study by a group of psychologists:
Our social anxiety is highly connected with the fear of being judged. A shame of a sort. Alcohol lets us loose and helps to get rid of those fears.
Fear of public speaking is basically social anxiety that is dialed to the max and multiplied by the amount of attention we are getting simultaneously. It might seem like alcohol can help us fight this discomfort. It seems now there's even scientific evidence for sipping a little bit of wine for confidence before you go on stage.