After a long and exhausting day, we all want nothing but to return to our humble abodes and relax our minds and bodies. Recent research suggest that if you want to yourself after an excruciatingly gruelling day, a glass of wine can aid you in winding down. However, if you’re seeking to feel more confident, flirtatious or sexy, it’s perfectly fine to pick up a stronger spirit instead.
A team of UK-based researchers attempted to explore the effects of various kinds of alcohol and how they trigger different emotional reactions amongst those who consume them. They obtained their statistics from a sample of nearly 30,000 participants who recorded their responses to the Global Drug Survey, which is basically an annual international poll that attempts to record alcohol and drug habits all over the globe.
The results revealed that hard and strong spirits, such as whiskey, gin, brandy and vodka, were associated with a wide range of strong emotions. They brought about a range of both, negative and positive feeling. Nearly 59% participants responded feeling confident, 58% felt energized, and nearly 42% reported feeling sexy. At the same time, nearly 30% participants felt aggressive, 28% reported feeling restless, and 22% reported feelings of tearfulness.
Moreover, individuals who drank beer or red wine were much more likely to record their feelings as relaxed and calm. According to the results, nearly 53% of the participants reported that drinking wine made them feel calm and relaxed, while nearly 50% participants experience feelings of relaxation after consuming beer. At the same time, nearly 60% of the participants reported feeling extremely tired after consuming red wine, which suggests that red wine is more likely to induce feelings of fatigue as compared to white wine, beer or any other kind of spirits.
It appears that these alcoholic beverages are associated with various different emotional responses based on the variations in alcohol percentages, the amounts that the drinker is having, and of course, the ingredients found within the drinks. Moreover, the researchers suggest that cultural norms and the effects of advertisement associated with these alcoholic drinks also has a part to play.
All the emotional responses that the researchers studied were more prevalently associated with female drinkers as opposed to male drinkers, with the exception of aggression. The research reveals that the participants between the ages of 18-24 along with heavy-drinkers reported to feel a lot of emotions, both negative and positive, after having spirits. Interestingly, the responses of the participants also varied on the basis of their socioeconomic status and the geographical area they resided in.
According to the researchers,
“These findings suggest that individuals inadvertently select drinks which are known to elicit negative emotions because they crave the positive emotions that go with them and link with existing evidence that those dependent on alcohol drink alcohol as a coping mechanism rather than drinking for pleasure.”
The results reveal that whether they do it intentionally or unintentionally, individuals may be likely to order their drinks to suit their current emotional state, along with the expected emotional state that they will feel after consuming that alcoholic beverage.