Spirits make you feel 'aggressive and sexy'

Drinking gin really does make you sad: Study discovers how spirits affect your emotions

Drinking red wine may elicit feeling both sexy and tired, study finds

Spirits were also linked with restlessness and tearfulness, as well as aggression. Researchers prepared a set of questionnaires to the participants, and it comprised of queries associated with the trigger of various types of feelings while drinking alcoholic beverages like beer, wine, white wine, and spirits.

It asked people about the emotions they experienced while drinking one of four types of alcohol.

According to Co-author Professor Mark Bellis of Public Health Wales' Director of Policy, Research and International Development, "For centuries, the history of rum, gin, vodka and other spirits has been laced with violence".

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 appears to be more commonly associated with aggression than other drinks, 30 per cent of spirit drinkers reporting feeling aggressive after drinking spirits. Nearly one in three (30 per cent) spirit drinkers found that it made them more aggressive, compared to just 2.5 per cent of red or white wine drinkers and 7 per cent of beer drinkers saying the same.

Alcohol consumption has a long-term association in determining the mood of the person who consumes it. Probably the most likely thing that will happen is you'll relax a bit (32.67 percent) - although not as much as you would if you drink red wine instead. 50 percent of people who drank beer too shared a similar experience and said that they felt positive while drinking beer. In the heaviest drinking group, over 60 percent reported feelings of aggression from drinking. The researchers found that women were more likely than men to associate most types of positive and negative emotions with drinking alcohol of any type.

Researchers from King's College London suggested dependent drinkers were five times more likely to feel energized with alcohol than low-risk drinkers. It was published in the peer-reviewed medical journal BMJ Open, which is free to read online.

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RG: Why do you think people associate different emotional responses with different types of alcohol? .

Its results showed that 58% of people who drink spirits said they felt energised, while just 7% of red wine drinkers reported feeling the same way, and 60% of them said they felt exhausted.

They speculate that people's emotions are also likely to be affected by their mood before drinking, the speed and quantity of alcohol they drank, mixed drinks and activities such as dancing and socialising.

This study is useful in that it can help health campaigners understand why people choose a type of alcohol in a certain situation. Just 20 per cent felt so. Although these are part of the difference in taste between drinks, little consideration has been given to what other affects they may have on the drinker.

Fourteen units is equivalent to six pints of average-strength beer or 10 small glasses of low-strength wine.

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