Spirit drinking linked to aggressive emotion

Booze makes you feel angry sexy or tearful say scientists proving the obvious

A quarter of red wine drinkers (25%) report feeling sexy after a tipple. "Our global research covers a period of over a hundred years and proves that even in today's highly civilized society, the consumption of these drinks often drives people to aggression, and significantly more often than other types of alcohol", - said the head of the research group of mark Bellis. But what if the type of alcoholic drink we choose could directly affect our emotions? It cites "a growing body of evidence" illustrating the harm caused by those who drink alcohol - to individuals around them, and to wider communities.

The anonymised responses from the Global Drug Survey - the world's largest online survey of legal and illicit drug and alcohol use among adults - also revealed spirits to be more commonly associated with aggression with 30% of drinkers reporting feeling aggressive, compared to about 2.5% of red or white wine drinkers and 7% of beer drinkers.

Almost a third of spirit drinkers associated this product with feelings of aggression, compared with only about 2.5% of red-wine drinkers.

"They may also be consumed in different social occasions, so people may be drinking them deliberately to feel the drunken effect quickly, while other types of drink are more likely to be consumed slowly or with food", Bellis added.

The researchers also found that spirits were associated with the highest levels of feeling amorous, with four in 10 saying that spirits made them feel this way. Researchers used data from nearly 30,000 people who responded to the Global Drug Survey, a yearly worldwide poll about drug and alcohol habits around the world.

NHS researchers tracked the responses of just under 30,000 18- to 34 year olds from 21 countries who participated in the questionnaire.

'Emotions experienced could also be related to when the alcohol is drunk, the levels of alcohol within each beverage type and the different compounds found in different drinks'.

The responses differed by gender and category of alcohol dependency.

"The odds of feeling the majority of positive and negative emotions also remained highest among dependent drinkers, irrespective of setting". It showed that they were six times more aggressive than the off and on alcohol users.

The researchers note that this is an "observational study so no firm conclusions can be drawn about cause and effect". "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". "This was evident particularly among heavier drinkers".

The study explained that some particular types of drinks are known to induce stress, which brings intense emotions.

"This gap can be a concern, particularly with exploitation by the alcohol industry with advertising focused on pushing the positive emotions associated with alcohol use without outlining the negatives which go alongside them".

The head of the research group chose to prove that the behavior of a drunken man changes not at random, but under the influence of a particular drink, which he uses at this moment.

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

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