Air (Libra, Aquarius and Gemini)
General traits: Air signs tend to float wherever their heart desires. Don’t mistake that for being an air head, though. While they can come off as spontaneous, air signs are very intellectual and think everything out before acting.
Drinking traits: “Air signs are less prone to drinking,” Eyedealism says. “They like to keep a clear head in general.” Libras in particular tend to watch how much they drink.
Earth (Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo)
General traits: Earth signs are the opposite of Fire. They’re solid, thoughtful and take their time to make decisions. The earth signs are also rooted in their beliefs—one doesn’t simply change an earth sign’s mind on a whim, it takes patience and a well thought out idea. Every group needs that rock to hold everyone steady, no matter how indecisive and persuasive the group text gets before a night out.
Drinking traits: “The earth signs tend to be a little more on the stable side,” Eyedealism says. “They can handle alcohol a little better. They can be more on the prude side, especially Capricorns, and they don’t want to get sloshed unless there’s something in it for them. They tend to be very repressed, so on the rare occasions that they do drink too much, it’s not pretty. They’re the mean drunks.”
Fire (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius)
General traits: People represented by the fire element are drawn to making themselves the ringleader. They’re energetic and use spontaneous outbursts to be the center of attention. From the outside, this can seem narcissistic, but they’re not hamming it up in front of a mirror—everyone else is just drawn to their charisma. They’re also not a group of signs credited with subtlety or thinking things through before acting.
Drinking traits: “Fire signs are the extroverts in general,” Eyedealism says. “They tend to not need alcohol, but they like it to keep the drama going. [They are] the drama kings and queens bar none.”
Water (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces)
General traits: Water signs exhibit all of the moods, all of the time. Sensitivity is a defining characteristic, as is imagination and creativity. It’s easy for water signs to get lost in their feelings and narratives, grabbing life by the reins and riding those ups and downs wherever they go.
Drinking traits: “Cancer, Pisces and Scorpios can just put it down like nothing,” Eyedealism says. “Water signs are more prone to drinking [than others] and tend to be more emotional and in touch with their emotions through alcohol.” You never know what’s going to come out when water signs are drinking and, like it or not, it’s an unknown you have to deal with a lot. Going with the flow can mean tears or it can mean cheers (never a casual “oh, hm, OK that was fun”). Water signs will throw back a drink for any occasion.