It looked at drinking in 21 different countries surveying 30,000 people. It was a self reported study. This means people themselves reported how they were feeling, rather than their friends and families.
We all know drink affects our moods but do different drinks create different moods?
Different drinks create different moods
The study found that different drinks changed people’s moods differently.
For example, people drinking red wine reported higher feelings of relaxation at 53% than people drinking spirits who only felt feelings of relaxation 20% of the time.
While spirits scored higher in feelings on confident and sexy (42%) it also scored much higher on people feeling aggressive (33%).
We’ve summarised the key feelings below for each drink.
Where we drink affects our feelings
According to the study, if we drink outside the home we’re more likely to feel energised than if we drink at home.
I wonder is this because we’re more likely to be drinking with a group of people when we’re out?
We’re much more likely to feel relaxed when we’re drinking at home.
Women more emotional when drinking
Women are much more likely to report feeling all emotions apart from feelings of aggression. This make sense as men are more likely to be involved in alcohol related violence.
The range of feelings can indicate a problem
An interesting finding was the higher the range of emotions, (sad,relaxed, confident etc) a person felt, the more likely the person was to have a physical dependence on alcohol.
In particular if people felt aggression they were much more likely to report problems with drinking.
Where people drank did not affect whether they were likely to have problems with drinking.
Sexy wine is not so sexy
I’ve always found red sexy wine not only gives me a very unsexy hangover but also makes me feel really low the next day.
If can be really useful to understand how different drinks affect you and to choose your drinks accordingly.
For example, if the last time you drank vodka you ended up in angry argument, it might be worthwhile asking yourself if this happened because you drank vodka. If the answer is yes, it might be worthwhile avoiding vodka in the future. Here’s an interesting few ways you can get rid of any vodka in the house without throwing it in the bin!
If you’d like to read the full research article you can find it here.
If you’d like some tips on preventing hangovers please click here.