Public Health Wales surveyed nearly 30,000 people aged between 18 and 34 from 21 countries to determine their emotional responses to different types of alcoholic drink and found spirits were the most likely to make us unhappy. Respondents reported different reactions depending on the type of alcohol consumed.
Co-author Professor Mark Bellis, who is also Public Health Wales' director of policy, research and global development, added: "For centuries, the history of rum, gin, vodka and other spirits has been laced with violence". Drinking spirits was linked to feelings of aggression and restlessness - but also gave people a boost of energy and confidence.
RG: What population did you study this in? .
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RG: What emotions were most strongly associated with which types of alcohol? But on the down side, they were also more strongly associated with feeling aggressive, ill, restless, and tearful. Beer was also associated with feeling relaxed and confident, although it was also associated with high levels of feeling exhausted. A new study has determined how different types of alcohol affect your emotions - and, as an added bonus, this new and exciting information might also might help you figure out what to partake in and what to ignore at all those holiday get-togethers you probably have coming up over the next few months.
Bellis: There are many factors that may link different drinks to different emotional outcomes.
"Spirits are often consumed more quickly and contain much higher concentrations of alcohol". This can result in a quicker stimulating effect as blood alcohol levels increase.
The study, was led by experts at Bangor University and King's College London, found red wine was likely to make people feel sexy and relaxed - but also exhausted and tearful.
It is worth also bearing in mind that there are compounds apart from alcohol in different drinks. They found significant differences between different types of drinks.
It also suggested that the likelihood of a person feeling aggressive after drinking was increased among people who had a higher dependancy on alcohol.
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. For a survey of 29 thousands of young men and women living in 21 countries.
Spirits were, however, the least likely to be associated with feeling relaxed.
RG: How do you hope your results will be used? .
Practically, the researchers think that showing the relationship between drinking and emotions could lead to better ways to help people who may have a drinking problem.
The study says alcohol use is of "international public health concern with approximately 3.3 million deaths and 5.1% of the global burden of disease and injury attributable to alcohol consumption in 2014".
That heightened feeling of emotion brought on by liquor has a dark side: 30% of respondents said liquor made them feel more aggressive. In addition, self-reported data are only as good as a participant's memory, and the survey didn't ask how quickly they were drinking, what their moods were like before they took the first sip, or if there was something like dancing or drugs involved that may have changed the overall experience.