Different Alcohol Types Have Different Effects On Your Mood

Wine officially makes people feel sexier than beer – but only until they get tired

Different types of alcohol trigger different emotional responses

After looking at the drinking habits of people across 21 countries, the study found that different drinks affect our emotional responses in varying ways. The research, published in the journal BMJ Open, discovered that different types of alcohol elicit varied emotional responses.

For the study, the researchers drew on anonymised responses to the world's largest online survey of legal and illicit drug and alcohol use among adults - the Global Drug Survey or GDS.

The desired mood of your Thanksgiving meal should determine what type of alcohol you serve: red wine for a sleepy, relaxed atmosphere or spirits for a sexy, confident air.

Confidence and sexiness make up the middle ground here; 27.88 percent reported feeling confident and 25.20 percent reported feeling sexy.

"Spirits are often consumed more quickly and have much higher concentrations of alcohol in them. Someone who wants to relax might choose to have a beer or a glass of wine".

Lead researcher Mark Bellis, professor of policy research and worldwide development with the Public Health Wales NHS Trust added: "For centuries, the history of rum, gin, vodka, and other spirits has been laced with violence".

In fact, drinking spirits tends to draw out more negative feelings than other types of alcohol, say the United Kingdom authors.

Meanwhile, almost 53 percent of respondents reported that red wine made them feel relaxed, 50 percent said the same of beer, and only 20 percent said they felt relaxed when drinking spirits.

If you drink the hard stuff, you're much more likely to feel energized, confident, and sexy; those three emotions clocked in at 58.36 percent, 59.08 percent, and 42.42 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, just 2.5% of red wine drinkers reported feeling more aggressive. And beer followed closely behind in second place. They answered a series of questions about alcohol, in particular how much they eat, what drinks I prefer, and what do you feel after eating.

The authors conclude: "Understanding emotions associated with alcohol consumption is imperative to addressing alcohol misuse, providing insight into what emotions influence drink choice between different groups in the population". Beer was also associated with feeling relaxed and confident, although it was also associated with high levels of feeling exhausted.

"Young people will often drink spirits on a night out, whereas wine might be drunk more at home, with a meal", he says. Some respondents said even the complete absence of any new emotions after consuming this drink.

For advice on how to reduce drinking, visit Drinkaware or Alcohol Concern. The study didn't consider the mixing of alcohols. The effects of alcohol such people is reflected in sharply increasing anger, rage, and fear.

The findings showed that men were significantly more likely to associate feelings of aggression with all types of alcohol, as were those categorised as heavy/dependent drinkers, who were six times more likely to do so than low risk drinkers. The setting was more inclined towards social gatherings, which helped to boost their confidence, made them energetic and made them feel better about themselves.

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