A British psychiatrist recently studied 500 people in bars, and says he’s narrowed drinkers into eight categories based on how they hold their drinks. Categories include The Gossip — usually a woman who leans over her wine glass (held by the bowl) to tell secrets to her friends — and The Jack-The-Lad, who sits far from his glass and leans back on his chair to claim his own little fiefdom within the bar.
Dr. Wilson said: “The simple act of holding a drink displays a lot more about us than we realise – or might want to divulge.
“When you’re in a crowded bar, often all you have to go on is body language.
“To a large extent, it’s an unconscious thing and just reflects the person you are and the type of social relationships you have.”
Of course his findings are all based on British drinkers, so not all social clues translate exactly. If he had studied people in Boston, he would have included several other categories including: The Punch-Douche, Fisty McIrish, The Tribal Tat Army, Pushups the Challenger, and Date-Slap McGillicuddy.