How To Deal With An Aggressive Drunk Person

How To Deal With An Aggressive Drunk Person

Alcohol has the potential to both increase and decrease aggression, depending on where’s one’s attention is focused.

Professor McMurran, a psychologist at the University of Nottingham stated:

“Alcohol reduces our ability to think straight. It narrows our focus of attention and gives us tunnel vision. If someone provokes us while we’re drunk, we don’t take other factors into account, such as the consequences of rising to the bait. This can lead to violent reactions from people who would usually shrug things off. When we’re drunk, this warning system doesn’t work and this can put us in dangerous or confrontational situations.”

With an aggressive drunk person that assaults you, there is no other way than to control and neutralize them.

Like a grown man playing with a child, UFC legend Matt Serra subduing a drunk & aggressive person without harming them.
from @mattserrabjj – How do you spend the night before your HOF induction?!? You subdue some asshole drunk that was threatening waiters then tries to swing on you.

Ryan Hall is a Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Felipe Costa and one of the best featherweight grapplers in the world. On December 11th, 2011, Ryan Hall was enjoying dinner in the company of friends, when a man approached the table, requesting a lighter. After informing him the table was comprised of non-smokers, the man became enraged, demonstrating violent behavior and directly threatening Ryan Hall. This video displays the occurrence in its entirety, to show exactly how Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be used in self-defense as a means to control and subdue an opponent. Without a single punch thrown, the opponent is first controlled, and in a second encounter choked unconscious as a means to end the confrontation.

On a more humourus note, Jeff Glover shows his way of dealing with an aggressive drunk person in a bar by using his favorite move: the Darce, It’s all in the set up!


Here is the famous “I want a Cheeseburger!” video. A drunk and aggressive Tapout Tshirt wearing guy made trouble in a fast food and was confronted by a grappler named Joseph Guichebarou who only had 3 months of BJJ training mixed in with some high school wrestling..and although extremely drunk himself, still remembered enough to completely control Cheeseburger boy….

The legendary Master Wong shows how to directly confront a drunk person:

5x World BJJ champion Bernardo Faria has developed the No Gi Half Guard. His submissions and sweeps works just as easily for No Gi, if not easier.
1.In No Gi there are not as many grips you can play. For example, you can’t play spider guard and the whole array of guards that stem from it. His guard works perfectly.
2.There are not a lot of grips your opponent can use to stop your sweep while playing No Gi. They can’t grab your collar, sleeve or pants obviously. Again, his guard works perfectly.