Alcohol spirits like gin, rum are mood dampners; beer, wine help relax


People may also be drinking them deliberately to feel the drunken effect quickly, while other types of drink are more likely to be consumed slowly or with food. Negative feelings such as aggression (30%), restlessness (28%) and tearfulness (22%) give significant cause for concern. Basically, the setting in which people tend to drink red wine might be more relaxing, whereas the setting for spirits might be more active.

Their answers showed that they attributed different emotions - energised, relaxed, sexy, confident and exhausted, aggressive, ill, restless, and tearful - to different types of alcohol.

However, while red wine drinkers reported the highest level of tiredness, over half of all respondents associated drinking spirits with emotions of energy and confidence. "This global study suggests even today consuming spirits is more likely to result in feelings of aggression than other drinks", said study co-author Professor Mark Bellis of Public Health Wales' Director of Policy, Research and International Development. (Worth noting, though, is that "the sample is opportunistic and non-probability samples cannot be considered representative of more general population groups, as the study authors put it.) And it appears that, for each of four families of alcohol type - spirits, red wine, white wine, and beer - the type of booze you drink can push and pull on your emotions in different ways". Women were significantly more likely than men to associate each feeling except for aggression with all types of alcohol. Participants were asked what feelings they associated with the different beverages, including these emotions: energized, relaxed, sexy, confident, tired, aggressive, ill, restless, and tearful.

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"Spirits are often consumed more quickly and contain much higher concentrations of alcohol".

"Young people will often drink spirits on a night out, whereas wine might be drunk more at home, with a meal", he says. More than 40 percent ticked "sexy" on the survey.

"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", Dr. John Larsen from Drinkaware told the BBC. It was published in the peer-reviewed medical journal BMJ Open, which is free to read online. "The UK chief medical officers' guideline for both men and women states that in order to keep health risks from alcohol to a low level it is safest not to be drinking more than 14 units a week on a regular basis". "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". 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.