Why a tipple on a night out on the tiles raises spirits

Red wine

If a glass of wine puts you to sleep, but harder drinks out with friends pump you up, you're not alone.

The study also found that spirits were more likely to promote some positive feelings when compared to beer and wine, with four out 10 admitting they felt sexier after a few vodka and whites. About 30,000 people aged between 18 and 34 were asked about how drinking red or white wine, beer or spirits affected them, either drinking at home, or when out.

In fact, drinking spirits tends to draw out more negative feelings than other types of alcohol, say the United Kingdom authors.

A quarter of red wine drinkers (25 per cent) report feeling sexy after a tipple.

"Wine relaxes you, vodka gives you energy and beer boosts your confidence", promises the Mail Online.

While 53 per cent participants said that red wine made them relaxed, this feeling was linked to beer by almost 50 per cent; and the same feeling was resonated by almost 33 per cent with white wine. He is director of policy, research and worldwide development with Public Health Wales NHS Trust in Cardiff.

Spirits are the least likely to elicit this type of response. "This can result in a quicker stimulating effect as blood alcohol levels increase", Bellis was quoted as saying by "The Telegraph".




"They clearly lay out that sometimes people will use alcohol to regulate their emotions - not only negative emotions, but positive emotions as well", Krakower said. People may also 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. In the heaviest drinking group, over 60 percent reported feelings of aggression from drinking.

Various factors may influence people's associations with alcoholic beverages, the authors said. Spirits were also linked with restlessness and tearfulness, as well as aggression. "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". British scientists have noted that men in a state of intoxication more in control of their emotions than women.

It also suggested that the likelihood of a person feeling aggressive after drinking was increased among people who had a higher dependancy on alcohol.

Moreover, spirits have a higher alcohol content. "People get that rush", he said, "and of course it damps down the consideration of the repercussions of some of the actions they might take".

The social situation in which people drink and the expectations they have when they choose a drink are also likely to affect their emotions.

These findings suggest that dependent drinkers may rely on alcohol to generate the positive emotions they associate with drinking, as they were five times more likely to feel energised than low risk drinkers, the researchers said.

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