When it comes to getting a round in at your local, are you someone who prefers a nice gin and tonic over your everyday pint of lager?
If the answer is yes, then it might be an indicator that you have psychopathic tendencies.
That’s according to research from Austria’s Innsbruck University, which indicates that those who opt for bitter-tasting drinks like gin and tonic are actually more likely to show signs of narcissism, sadism and even a little Machiavellianism for good measure.
“General bitter taste preferences emerged as a robust predictor for Machiavellianism, psychopathy, narcissism and everyday sadism”
That’s right: G&T drinkers tend to be duplicitous, lacking empathy, vain, selfish and just generally cold-hearted.
The study saw 500 men and women given a list of foods that included an equal number of sweet, sour, salty and bitter dishes.
They were then asked to score each on a six-point scale going from dislike strongly to like strongly.
In addition to this, the test subjects were made to complete a series of personality questionnaires designed to measure personality, emotional stability and other traits.
To ensure the findings were as accurate as possible, another 500 volunteers were tested with the results published in the latest edition of Appetite medical journal.
“General bitter taste preferences emerged as a robust predictor for Machiavellianism, psychopathy, narcissism and everyday sadism,” the researchers noted.
By contrast, traits such as agreeableness and cooperativeness were found to have a negative correlation with bitter tastes.
Though no definite conclusion was put forward for the correlation, the study did suggest that individuals preferring bitter tasting food and drink so so because they took some sort of “thrill” from it.
It’s not just gin and tonic fans who might be affected by the research either, with the study also indicating that avid coffee drinkers may also be in possession of these negative personality traits.
In any case, it could see a spike in the number of people ordering beer at the bar. Though with Brexit likely to see the price of the average pint go up in the coming months and years, they may want to move fast.