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Different alcoholic drinks cause different moods

24 November 2017

Drinkers aged 18 to 34 tend to choose different types of alcohol for a specific buzz, according to a study published on Tuesday in the online journal BMJ Open. They found significant differences between different types of drinks. Mark Bellis, of Public Health Wales, one of the study's authors, said moderation was the way forward. A new study has determined how different types of alcohol affect your emotions - and, as an added bonus, this new and exciting information might also might help you figure out what to partake in and what to ignore at all those holiday get-togethers you probably have coming up over the next few months.

"This global study suggests even today consuming spirits is more likely to result in feelings of aggression than other drinks".

While 53 per cent participants said that red wine made them relaxed, this feeling was linked to beer by almost 50 per cent; and the same feeling was resonated by almost 33 per cent with white wine.

You can read the study here. They also only included people who came from a country with more than 200 survey respondents. Broken down by gender, men were more likely to feel aggressive with all alcohol. Illness and tearfulness came in at 19.29 percent and 17.10 percent - low compared to spirits. More than 22% of those surveyed reported feeling tearful, compared to less than 10% of beer and white wine drinkers. Over half (around 59%) of respondents associated these drinks with feelings of energy and confidence.

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RG: Why do you think people associate different emotional responses with different types of alcohol? . More than 58 per cent linked it with energy and around 42 per cent to sexiness. "The entire centuries-old history of rum, vodka, gin and other spirits are just saturated with violence. This can result in a quicker stimulating effect as blood alcohol levels increase", Bellis was quoted as saying by "The Telegraph".

Men were more likely to report any alcoholic drink with feelings of aggression than women were, for example.

It is worth also bearing in mind that there are compounds apart from alcohol in different drinks.

Of course, why people drink isn't only based on the emotion they associate with the drink. 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.

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"We got stronger emotional relationships with women across pretty well every type of emotion, except for aggression", Bellis said.

RG: How do you hope your results will be used? .

And that might be important in how we as a society address problem drinking. "As people get the kick from escalating alcohol levels, the same increases reduce the brain's ability to suppress impulsive feelings or to consider the consequences of acting on them", he said.

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Different alcoholic drinks cause different moods