Overall, 30% of the participants report feeling aggressive when drinking spirits compared with only 7.1% when drinking red wine. Each reported how different types of alcohol affected them.
The findings showed that men were significantly more likely to associate feelings of aggression with all types of alcohol, as were those categorised as heavy/dependent drinkers, who were six times more likely to do so than low-risk drinkers.
"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", the researchers said. And heavy drinkers were more likely to select any drink that was associated for them with feelings of aggression and tearfulness when at home or when out.
But 59 per cent of spirit drinkers reported feelings of confidence compared to 45 per cent of beer drinkers and just over a quarter of red or white wine drinkers.
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. But on the down side, they were also more strongly associated with feeling aggressive, ill, restless, and tearful.
If you want to feel relaxed after a hard day, better order wine or beer. Beer increased both relaxation and confidence.
Red wine drinkers reported the highest level of feelings of tiredness, according to the data from nearly 30,000 people from 21 different countries.
Bellis: There are many factors that may link different drinks to different emotional outcomes.
According to the researchers, drinks with a higher concentration of alcohol will give a feel of aggression to the consumer. This can result in a quicker stimulating effect as blood alcohol levels increase.
Drinking spirits was also more likely to draw out negative feelings than all the other types of alcohol.
The study also revealed men and women have a different emotional relationship with certain drinks. 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. "Such prices can encourage consumption at levels harmful to the health of the drinker and through violence and injuries also represent a risk to the people around them".
In comparison, more than half of red wine drinkers said they felt more relaxed after their favourite drink, a feeling also shared with 50 per cent of beer drinkers.
RG: Were there differences between men and women? . Many alcoholics used to say that they are consuming drinks to regulate emotional experiences, reduce negative emotions, and to elevate positive thoughts in the mind. We hope this work will help fill a gap. Factors including where alcohol is consumed were considered as important factors.
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