By now we all know that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. However, you might want to reconsider that life rule next time you’re sizing up a potential date or new friend over a drink. According to an Austrian study published in the journal Appetite, those who prefer bitter beverages like dark roast coffee and gin and tonics are more apt to have malevolent and narcissistic personality traits and psychopathic qualities. In other words, those who opt for a tart G&T over something sweet like a banana daiquiri are more inclined to experience pleasure derived from others’ pain and possess antisocial personality traits—not exactly attributes most of us look for in a friend. The study also suggests that people who are not instinctively averse to bitter refreshments tend to be disagreeable, assertive thrill-seekers who are “very open to new experiences”—personality traits less common among those who prefer sweeter beverages.
So, does this mean you turn down a second rendezvous based on your date’s happy hour order? And, like, should you be totally freaked out if you prefer bitter beverages? Not so fast. More research must be conducted in order to solidify these findings. While science continues to look into the matter, the researchers suggest identifying potential crazies by analyzing eye contact tendencies. “Clinical research revealed that one typical behavioral manifestation of psychopathy is unusually intense eye contact,” explains the researchers. Good to know!