A group of researchers from the United Kingdom (where else?) set out to see how different types of alcohol affect your mood.
After examining anonymised responses to the world's largest online survey of legal and illicit drug and alcohol use among adults, researchers found that drinking spirits such as vodka, gin or rum appeared to be more commonly associated with aggression than other drinks, 30% of spirit drinkers reporting feeling aggressive after drinking spirits. 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.
Bellis: The final study population was just under 30,000 people aged 18-34 year from 21 different countries.
Red wine drinkers reported the highest level of feelings of tiredness, according to the data from nearly 30,000 people from 21 different countries. Men more often associated feelings of aggression with alcohol, according to the survey results.
Red wine was the most likely beverage associated with feeling relaxed (just under 53 percent) followed by beer (around 50 percent), but hard liquor was least likely to be associated with this feeling.
For example, almost one-third of hard liquor imbibers said they were more likely to feel aggressive after a shot or two, compared with 2.5 percent of red wine drinkers and just under 7 percent of beer drinkers, the findings showed. The responses of the study participants helped to clearly define the classification of alcoholic beverages by types of emotions that causes people use.
However, while red wine drinkers reported the highest level of tiredness, over half of all respondents associated drinking spirits with emotions of energy and confidence.
The GDS includes specific questions on alcohol consumption and the feelings associated with drinking beer, spirits, and red or white wine.
People's preconceptions about drinks also play a role - for example if people drink red wine to relax they will probably end up more relaxed, and if they drink vodka to party they will probably end up feeling energised.
But Professor Bellis said the way people drink it is partly responsible for the different emotional responses.
The study concludes that understanding the relationship between different types of alcohol and the emotions and associated behaviours they may elicit may help improve public health messages and health promotion.
Most often, being in an alcohol intoxication, people do not even know what happened to them next after drinking. They also reported their age, gender, and whether or not they attended high school to give a rough estimate of their socioeconomic class. Researchers from the NHS Trust in Wales and King's College London then analyzed their responses, and published their work in BMJ Open on November 21. "This can result in a quicker stimulating effect as blood alcohol levels increase", he explained. "This highlights a potential emotional gap which individuals may be looking to fill by drinking alcohol", the researchers write. For instance, our results suggest that people who are heavier drinkers may be relying on certain drinks for energy and confidence, but heavier drinkers are also much more likely to report negative emotions as well.