After looking at the drinking habits of people across 21 countries, the study found that different drinks affect our emotional responses in varying ways.
That's the upshot of new research that shows different types of alcohol tend to produce different emotional responses. Researchers used data from nearly 30,000 people who responded to the Global Drug Survey, a yearly worldwide poll about drug and alcohol habits around the world. Based on online responses from almost 30,000 people in 21 countries, the analysis found that while spirits were more likely to be linked with feelings of confidence than beer or wine were, they were also tied to feelings of aggression in almost a third of respondents.
Confidence and sexiness make up the middle ground here; 27.88 percent reported feeling confident and 25.20 percent reported feeling sexy. Women were significantly more likely than men to associate each feeling except for aggression with all types of alcohol.
Wine and beer, on the other hand, makes you feel relaxed.
"For centuries the history of rum, gin, vodka and other spirits has been laced with violence", says study co-author Mark Bellis, from the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University in the UK.
Drinking spirits was also more likely to induce negative feelings than any other type of alcohol.
Liquor drinks were more likely to elicit some positive feelings than either beer or wine, with 59 percent associating them with feelings of energy and confidence.
This compared to about 2.5% of red or white wine drinkers and 7% of beer drinkers reporting feelings of aggression. And beer followed closely behind in second place.
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The study concludes that understanding the relationship between different types of alcohol and the emotions and associated behaviours they may elicit may help improve public health messages and health promotion.
But nearly 50% said spirits made them feel ill, while 30% drew a link with aggression, according to Public Health Wales.
A quarter of red and white wine drinkers feel sexy after a couple of glasses but the majority just feel exhausted, according to a new study which suggests the same drink can elicit various emotional responses. It may be due to the nature of the drink, such as different ingredients, alcohol content, and the amounts consumed.
Spirits were, however, the least likely to be associated with feeling relaxed.
The study's authors ensured that all respondents had reported drinking all types of alcohol included in the analysis over the past 12 months in order to make for a fair comparison.
However, the researchers point out that responses differed by gender, demographic and category of alcohol dependency. 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. The effects of alcohol such people is reflected in sharply increasing anger, rage, and fear.
Bellis: There is plenty of promotional material that pushes the positive emotions people might look for from drinking, but it is important to understand the negative ones as well.