Spirits make you feel 'aggressive and sexy'

Gladys Abbott
November 23, 2017

Hard liquor causes the wildest mood swings, the researchers found. (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".

But nearly 50% said spirits made them feel ill, while 30% drew a link with aggression, according to Public Health Wales.

"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.

Research has found that different types of alcohol have different effects on personality. Many of them are confident that their behavior did not change much, although, actually, it is not so.

"They clearly lay out that sometimes people will use alcohol to regulate their emotions - not only negative emotions, but positive emotions as well", Krakower said.

Drawing on data from the Global Drug Survey, researchers analysed how 30,000 young adults from 21 countries responded to questions about how they feel after drinking alcohol. The survey ran from November 2015 to January 2016.

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.

"Spirits are often consumed more quickly and contain much higher concentrations of alcohol". The effects of alcohol such people is reflected in sharply increasing anger, rage, and fear.

Meanwhile, almost 53 percent of respondents reported that red wine made them feel relaxed, 50 percent said the same of beer, and only 20 percent said they felt relaxed when drinking spirits.

"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".

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The effect of alcohol also seems to vary somewhat by gender.

Spirits are more likely to make you experience negative emotions according to new research.

There's one notable exception, however.

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. Be it an alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink, it does have a specific impact on you.

The survey results indicated that alcoholics in particular rely on drinking to feel better.

Spirits were, however, the least likely to be associated with feeling relaxed.

But those good times come at a cost. They were six times more likely to feel aggressive after drinking and also were more likely to feel exhausted or tearful.

If you drink the hard stuff, you're much more likely to feel energized, confident, and sexy; those three emotions clocked in at 58.36 percent, 59.08 percent, and 42.42 percent, respectively. "In some cases, they may be reliant on certain drinks for these feelings", Bellis said. But the most unpleasant outcome of the use of this category of alcohol is unmotivated aggression, arising as if from nowhere. "This can become a risky spiral, where drinking can be seen as a solution to emotional problems that it is actually aggravating". Do you feel relaxed, excited, energetic, lazy or what?

Alcohol has a way of controlling its connoisseurs.

Krakower, though, doesn't think that will help folks who are dependent on alcohol. In addition, the project organizers said, was there a time in the life volunteers conflicts and fighting, provoked by use of alcohol.

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