Sexy wine, sleepy beer and angry spirits

Brian Boyd has a really interesting article headlined  “ Sexy wine, sleepy beer and angry spirits” describing  a new study published on the effects of different drinks.

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.

sexy wine


 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.

Photo by Mark Daynes on Unsplash

This post was written by Carol

As some who gets hangovers lasting a week, Carol never drank too much - Once she got to a sensible age! However as a patient with an auto immune illness, since she was a teenager she has to drink very little. So she really understands how Irish society makes this very difficult. Carol is responsible for all aspects of Lifewise operations that Valerie and Angela do not cover.

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