Different Alcohols Really Are Tied to Different Emotions

Different Alcohols Really Are Tied to Different Emotions

Different Alcohols Really Are Tied to Different Emotions

The Global Drug Survey gathered responses from almost 30,000 people in 21 countries speaking 11 different languages.

Professor Mark Bellis of Bangor University, who is also Public Health Wales' director of policy, research and worldwide development, said: "For centuries, the history of rum, gin, vodka and other spirits has been laced with violence". The research, published in the journal BMJ Open, discovered that different types of alcohol elicit varied emotional responses.

But 59 per cent of spirit drinkers reported feelings of confidence compared to 45 per cent of beer drinkers and just over a quarter of red or white wine drinkers. According to the current study, though, drinking whiskey ups a whole hosts of emotions, from confidence to aggression.

RG: What population did you study this in? . They were opportunistic sample, so are not meant to be fully representative of people in each country. As it turns out, having a beer or a glass of wine does tend to make you feel more relaxed.

The study set out to investigate the emotional responses generated by different types of alcoholic beverages.

Their answers showed that they attributed different emotions - energised, relaxed, sexy, confident and exhausted, aggressive, ill, restless, and tearful - to different types of alcohol.

Red wine was the most likely beverage associated with feeling relaxed (just under 53 percent) followed by beer (around 50 percent), but hard liquor was least likely to be associated with this feeling.

But spirits were more likely to elicit some positive feelings than either beer or wine.

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"If people are to make informed decisions about their drinking, they need to know the full picture of how alcohol affects moods and emotions", Bellis added. They stressed that I feel all these emotions more often in cases when you consume alcohol outside of home walls.

"Spirits are often consumed more quickly and contain much higher concentrations of alcohol". This can result in a quicker stimulating effect as blood alcohol levels increase. "Generally, men have a greater involvement in violence than women, and so it is not surprising that drinking alcohol exposes some of this underlying difference in behaviors". The study didn't consider the mixing of alcohols.

Many drinkers claim to feel teary after a G&T, or unusually aggressive after a dram of whisky - but researchers now say they have found new evidence to suggest different types of alcohol elicit different emotional responses. For a survey of 29 thousands of young men and women living in 21 countries.

Meanwhile, spirits appeared to make drinkers feel more "energised" than other drinks, with more than half of drinkers reporting energy boosts.

RG: How do you hope your results will be used? . "This can become a unsafe spiral, where drinking can be seen as a solution to emotional problems that it is actually aggravating". Be it an alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink, it does have a specific impact on you. We hope this work will help fill a gap.

Red wine drinkers reported the highest level of feelings of tiredness, according to the data from nearly 30,000 people from 21 different countries.

Even without causative findings, the associations themselves could be useful for researchers working to address alcohol misuse.

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