You’re not crazy: Different drinks do make you feel different emotions
Ever had a glass of red and suddenly felt a little sleepy? Or a shot of tequila and, wham! You're the hottest person in the bar, according to you? It's not all in your head. Science has actually proven this is a thing.
In a new study published this week by the British Medical Journal's BMJ has found that different types of alcohol can actually control our emotions. The findings, which didn't really surprise the Buro 24/7 office of cocktail enthusiasts, found that sprits were the most likely to encourage aggression over red wine and beer, which made people feel more relaxed. It also found that the harder alcohol you drank , i.e. spirits, the more confident you feel. In saying that, sprits were also found to bring out feelings of restlessness and tearfulness. And if you want to party all night, avoid red wine, as this was found to be the most lethargic of all the alcohol tested - which is unsurprising as red wine actually contains more melatonin than other types of alcohol. Oh and beer took the crown as least "sexy", making people feel the least confident in themselves - so maybe don't order this on your next date. In an interesting cross-section of cultures, the study found that Italian residents felt more energised when drinking red wine, and those from Columbia reported more energy with spirits than any other type of alcohol.
The study, which drew from close-to 30,000 people aged 18-34, was aiming to look at the emotional relationship young people have with alcohol, and try to better understand what causes dependency and the emotion associated with alcohol choice. "There is plenty of promotional material-through advertising, for instance-to promote the positive emotions people might look for from drinking," says Alisha Davies, head of research and development at Public Health Wales, co-author of the study. "But we thought it was also important to better understand the negative ones as well. If we are to help people make informed decisions about their drinking, they need to know the full picture of how alcohol affects moods and emotions."
Overall, the study also found that although women were more emotionally affected by booze than men, the men reported MORE emotion (apart from tearfulness) when they were drinking beer. They felt more aggression when drinking. Younger people, however are more likely to feel energised and confident when drinking out of home. "Our findings suggest that especially people who are heavier drinkers may be expecting, or perhaps even relying, on certain drinks for energy and confidence. But heavier drinkers are also much more likely to report those negative emotions as well," reported Davis. "This risks a dangerous spiral where drinking may be seen as solution to some emotional problems which it is actually aggravating." She adds, "This study may also remind people that the emotions and moods they may be looking for from drinking may not always be the ones they get."
If you or someone you know needs help with substance abuse, the Working Away Alcohol and Drug Support Line can be contacted on 1800 721 997, http://alcoholthinkagain.com.au/
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