It's confirmed, different types of alcohol trigger different emotions in people

Posted November 23, 2017

Tearfulness was reported by nearly 25% of spirit drinkers, 17% of red wine drinkers, and 9% of beer and white wine drinkers, reports the Telegraph.

Drinking red wine may elicit conflicting responses of feeling both sexy and exhausted, a new study suggests. Men and heavy drinkers were more prone to report aggression, per the Independent, while women were more likely to report all other emotions, tearfulness among them. "This study highlights the importance of understanding why people choose to drink certain alcoholic drinks and what effect they expect these drinks will have on them", UK charity Drinkaware's John Larsen tells HuffPost UK.

Mark Bellis, a professor of public health at Bangor University in the U.K and the lead author of this study, said that the consumption of spirits have been associated with violence for years, and their new study is once again substantiating this fact.

According to new research, different types of alcohol can affect your mood in varying ways. The changes that they studied were based on emotional stage. The survey ran from November 2015 to January 2016.

People who are intoxicated often simply don't remember what happened to them during the repast and after it, for sure, that their behavior does not change much, though it is not so. "This can result in a quicker stimulating effect as blood alcohol levels increase", he explained.

Spirits are the least likely to elicit this type of response.

The study is published as the Scottish government announced it will introduce minimum pricing for alcohol on 1 May next year in a bid to combat binge drinking.

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The effect of alcohol also seems to vary somewhat by gender.

After examining anonymised responses to the world's largest online survey of legal and illicit drug and alcohol use among adults, researchers found that drinking spirits such as vodka, gin or rum appeared to be more commonly associated with aggression than other drinks, 30% of spirit drinkers reporting feeling aggressive after drinking spirits.

There's one notable exception, however. Men also said that under the influence of alcohol feel more attractive to women.

"Alcohol reduces consideration of the consequences of actions as it suppresses the more rational parts of the brain", Bellis said.

It is worth also bearing in mind that there are compounds apart from alcohol in different drinks. That sounds like a contradiction, but it likely suggests that these are people who tend to use booze to heighten all sorts of feelings, from celebrating to trying to feel better to wallowing in pain.

But those good times come at a cost. They stressed that I feel all these emotions more often in cases when you consume alcohol outside of home walls. That was more than three times the number of people who reported feeling aggressive after drinking beer, and 10 times the number for either type of wine.

Liquor drinks were more likely to elicit some positive feelings than either beer or wine, with 59 percent associating them with feelings of energy and confidence. The percentages are all low to mid-range, with very similar scores to red wine in terms of confidence (28.27 percent), sexiness (23.73 percent), aggressiveness (2.74 percent), illness (14.50 percent) and restlessness (6.43 percent). "This highlights a potential emotional gap which individuals may be looking to fill by drinking alcohol", the researchers write.

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