Bangor University study reveals different emotional responses to alcohol

Bangor University study reveals different emotional responses to alcohol

Bangor University study reveals different emotional responses to alcohol

53 percent of the people who took part in the survey revealed that they felt relaxed after drinking red wine.

The GDS, which is provided in 11 languages, includes specific questions on alcohol consumption and the feelings associated with drinking beer, spirits and red or white wine when at home or when out.

People drinking spirits were also twice as likely to report feeling "sexy" than those drinking beer. Conversely, though, you might also get sleepy or a little low-energy from a red wine tipple; tiredness has a whopping 60.08 percentage, while feeling energized only rates as 7.14 percent.

Around 59 per cent of the respondents associated spirits - like vodka, gin, whiskey and other hard alcohols - with feelings of energy and confidence.

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. Mark Bellis, of Public Health Wales, one of the study's authors, said moderation was the way forward.

Women were more likely to report all emotions - other than aggression - when drinking alcohol. "This can result in a quicker stimulating effect as blood alcohol levels increase", Bellis was quoted as saying by "The Telegraph".

Marketing plays into this, Professor Bellis said: "There is a lot of content in alcohol promotion to suggest people will get those positive emotional responses they may be seeking".


"This study appears to confirm the widely held perception that different drinks produce different emotional responses", James Nicholls of Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern who was not involved in the study tells HuffPost UK.

The researchers said the study "represents an initial exploration of alcohol's perceived relationship with emotions on an worldwide basis, across a large sample of young people". It may be due to the nature of the drink, such as different ingredients, alcohol content, and the amounts consumed. 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. Negative feelings such as aggression (30%), restlessness (28%) and tearfulness (22%) give significant cause for concern. British scientists have noted that men in a state of intoxication more in control of their emotions than women.

Around a third of drinkers studied said they felt aggressive when drinking spirits, but over half said vodka, whisky, brandy and other hard drinks made them feel more confident.

They speculate that people's emotions are also likely to be affected by their mood before drinking, the speed and quantity of alcohol they drank, mixed drinks and activities such as dancing and socialising.

"Spirits are often consumed more quickly and contain much higher concentrations of alcohol".

This study is useful in that it can help health campaigners understand why people choose a type of alcohol in a certain situation.

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