Aggressive drunk? Science says you should stay away from spirits

Aggressive drunk? Science says you should stay away from spirits

But men were significantly more likely to associate feelings of aggression with all types of alcohol, as were those categorised as heavy or dependent drinkers, who were six times more likely to do so than low risk drinkers.

People's preconceptions about drinks also play a role - for example if people drink red wine to relax they will probably end up more relaxed, and if they drink vodka to party they will probably end up feeling energised. If people are to make informed decisions about their drinking, they need to know the full picture of how alcohol affects moods and emotions. Each individual included in the study had drunk all the types of alcohol studied (spirits, beer, and red and white wine) in the last 12 months, so could comment on how each had affected their emotions. "For centuries, the history of rum, gin, vodka and other spirits has been laced with violence, and it is true that spirits were more strongly associated with being tearful", said Professor Mark Bellis, director of policy, research and global development at Public Health Wales.

"People routinely use alcohol in order to alter their moods, but this study suggests different drink choices may result in different emotional outcomes", she said.

RG: What emotions were most strongly associated with which types of alcohol? A new study into drinking and emotions found that spirits are most likely to trigger tearfulness when compared to wine and beer. It is noted that the main factor of growth of the level of alcohol in the world is the availability of alcohol.

Wine and beer, on the other hand, makes you feel relaxed.

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

A person pouring wine
GETTYRed wine drinkers reported the highest level of feelings of tiredness the report shows

On the other hand, red wine and beer used to trigger more positive thoughts in the minds of people; no matter they drink from home or outside.

The researchers from Public Health Wales and King's College London also found that spirits were also associated with the highest levels of feeling sexy, with four in 10 saying that spirits made them feel this way. Women were more likely to say they experienced any type of emotion while drinking alcohol, with the exception of aggression.

However, the researchers point out that responses differed by gender, demographic and category of alcohol dependency. It was published in the peer-reviewed medical journal BMJ Open, which is free to read online.

Men and women also react differently to the same drinks. "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".

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 said a spirit-laced drink would help them unwind.

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