Different alcoholic drinks may trigger different emotions; many of them negative

Bill Rogers
November 24, 2017

If you want to feel relaxed after a hard day, better order wine or beer. Almost 60 percent of liquor drinkers said the booze makes them feel energized and confident, but they also were more likely to feel aggressive, ill, restless or tearful compared with people drinking red wine or beer.

This compared to about two per cent of wine drinkers and seven per cent of beer drinkers.

Drinking spirits was also more likely to induce negative feelings than any other type of alcohol.

All drinkers in the survey had imbibed a full range of alcoholic beverages - spirits, beer, red and white wine - within the previous year.

Around 59 per cent of the respondents associated spirits - like vodka, gin, whiskey and other hard alcohols - with feelings of energy and confidence.

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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. Those who were dependent on alcohol were most likely to link any type of alcohol to an emotional response (both positive and negative). "This can result in a quicker stimulating effect as blood alcohol levels increase", Bellis was quoted as saying by "The Telegraph". The least commonly felt emotion was aggression, with only 3% of people said they felt this way.

The authors, writing in the BMJ Open journal, said: "Understanding emotions associated with alcohol consumption is imperative to addressing alcohol misuse, providing insight into what emotions influence drink choice between different groups in the population". More than 40 percent ticked "sexy" on the survey. Negative feelings such as aggression (30%), restlessness (28%) and tearfulness (22%) give significant cause for concern. It may be due to the nature of the drink, such as different ingredients, alcohol content, and the amounts consumed.

Men were significantly more likely than women to associate feelings of aggression with all types of alcohol, particularly heavier drinkers, it was found. 50 percent of people who drank beer too shared a similar experience and said that they felt positive while drinking beer. British scientists have noted that men in a state of intoxication more in control of their emotions than women. "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".

Moreover, spirits have a higher alcohol content. "People get that rush", he said, "and of course it damps down the consideration of the repercussions of some of the actions they might take". He says the findings probably relate to how much more alcohol is present in spirits compared to other drinks. So manage to solve the problem of increasing the number of people with alcohol dependence and the level of violence in society, he added.

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