You are what you drink

Posted November 24, 2017

This irresponsible headline was prompted by a survey of young people, which showed they associated different types of drink with different emotions. He is director of policy, research and global development with Public Health Wales NHS Trust in Cardiff.

After looking at the drinking habits of people across 21 countries, the study found that different drinks affect our emotional responses in varying ways.

Those who drank more heavily were also more likely to say they experienced both positive and negative emotions with alcohol.

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Its results showed that 58% of people who drink spirits said they felt energised, while just 7% of red wine drinkers reported feeling the same way, and 60% of them said they felt exhausted.

RG: What population did you study this in? . "This global study shows that even today the consumption of these drinks often drives people to aggression than other types of alcohol", RIA Novosti quoted the British scientist. They were opportunistic sample, so are not meant to be fully representative of people in each country.

This compared to about 2.5 per cent of red or white wine drinkers and 7 per cent of beer drinkers reporting feelings of aggression.

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A group of British psychologists conducted a study on the relationship between the type of alcoholic beverage and the resulting emotions. Spirits were also the least likely to be associated with feeling relaxed, with just 20 per cent of people claiming drinks like gin, vodka and whiskey calmed them down. Rum, Vodka and Gin were strongly associated with feelings of aggression, illness, sadness and restlessness. Red wine was linked to a relaxed emotion for 53 percent of respondents, and 50 percent of beer drinkers.

The researchers hoped that analyzing what emotions people associate with drinking would help them understand why people misuse alcohol and what drives people to drink certain alcoholic beverages. For instance, spirits are often consumed more quickly and have much higher concentrations of alcohol in them. "This can result in a quicker stimulating effect as blood alcohol levels increase", he explained.

It wasn't all bad news for hard alcohol - almost 60 percent of respondents said the drink made them feel energetic and confident. "Generally, men have a greater involvement in violence than women, and so it is not surprising that drinking alcohol exposes some of this underlying difference in behaviors". The researches noted that the emotions were more likely to be felt by dependent drinkers versus casual drinkers.

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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. The exception was aggression, which was more commonly reported by men (36.97% of men compared to 31.27% of women).