Why a tipple on a night out on the tiles raises spirits

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Almost a third (30 per cent) of spirit drinkers associated the drink with feelings of aggression compared with around 2.5 per cent of red wine drinkers. For example, more than 60% said red wine made them feel sleepy, while 53% said it made them feel relaxed, reports the Guardian.

Hard alcohols make people feel more confident and sexy.

"This global study suggests even today consuming spirits is more likely to result in feelings of aggression than other drinks".

According to new research, different types of alcohol can affect your mood in varying ways. This study allowed us to get a fuller picture of the ups and downs people get from drinking, which drinks are linked with which emotions, and which groups are most at risk from some of the most concerning outcomes, such as feeling aggressive.

The survey results provide clear evidence that people often pick their drinks based on the mood they want to achieve, said Dr. Scott Krakower, assistant unit chief of psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, N.Y.

Bellis: There is plenty of promotional material that pushes the positive emotions people might look for from drinking, but it is important to understand the negative ones as well. 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. For instance, spirits are often consumed more quickly and have much higher concentrations of alcohol in them. The effects of alcohol such people is reflected in sharply increasing anger, rage, and fear.

Included in it were questions on alcohol consumption and feeling associated with beer, spirits and wine when drunk at home and in public. The emotional side of drinking is another important aspect to consider when trying to tackle alcohol related harms.

The responses differed by gender and category of alcohol dependency. The responses of the study participants helped to clearly define the classification of alcoholic beverages by types of emotions that causes people use.

There's one notable exception, however.

RG: What emotions were most strongly associated with which types of alcohol?

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"Alcohol reduces consideration of the consequences of actions as it suppresses the more rational parts of the brain", Bellis said.

"Such prices can encourage consumption at levels harmful to the health of the drinker and through violence and injuries also represent a risk to the people around them".

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

But those good times come at a cost.

The researchers from Public Health Wales and King's College London also found that spirits were also associated with the highest levels of feeling sexy, with four in 10 saying that spirits made them feel this way.

But spirits were more likely to elicit some positive feelings than either beer or wine.

And that might be important in how we as a society address problem drinking. Do you feel relaxed, excited, energetic, lazy or what? It helped to guess the mindset of the person drinking. In addition, the project organizers said, was there a time in the life volunteers conflicts and fighting, provoked by use of alcohol.

If a glass of wine puts you to sleep, but harder drinks out with friends pump you up, you're not alone.

Results of the survey were published online November 21 in BMJ Open.

These effects of alcohol are negative.

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