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

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Almost a third of spirit drinkers associated this product with feelings of aggression, compared with only about 2.5% of red-wine drinkers.

Beer is most likely to make you feel relaxed.

Hard liquor causes the wildest mood swings, the researchers found.

But 59 per cent of spirit drinkers reported feelings of confidence compared to 45 per cent of beer drinkers and just over a quarter of red or white wine drinkers.

Different types of alcohol elicit different emotional responses, but spirits are most frequently associated with feelings of aggression, new research shows. He is director of policy, research and worldwide development with Public Health Wales NHS Trust in Cardiff.

The survey results provide clear evidence that people often pick their drinks based on the mood they want to achieve, said Dr. Scott Krakower, assistant unit chief of psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, N.Y.

But nearly 50% said spirits made them feel ill, while 30% drew a link with aggression, according to Public Health Wales.

The study looked at responses to the world's largest online survey of legal and illicit drug and alcohol use amount adults, called the Global Drug Survey.

"Spirits are often consumed more quickly and contain much higher concentrations of alcohol". The effects of alcohol such people is reflected in sharply increasing anger, rage, and fear.

Not just the men, women also reported that certain type of alcohol helped to achieve the certain type of feelings for them. "These expectations and motivations for drinking will influence how people actually behave when they have been drinking, and may in some situations lead people to drink at levels likely to cause them harm".

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

The effect of alcohol also seems to vary somewhat by gender. You should also not forget about the many cases of "drunk" road accidents and domestic violence occurring precisely because of alcoholic intoxication.

There's one notable exception, however. Women were significantly more likely than men to associate each feeling except for aggression with all types of alcohol.

The study says alcohol use is of "international public health concern with approximately 3.3 million deaths and 5.1% of the global burden of disease and injury attributable to alcohol consumption in 2014".

The survey results indicated that alcoholics in particular rely on drinking to feel better.

And heavy drinkers were more likely to select any drink that was associated for them with feelings of aggression and tearfulness when at home or when out.

But those good times come at a cost.

Bellis: There are many factors that may link different drinks to different emotional outcomes. They were six times more likely to feel aggressive after drinking and also were more likely to feel exhausted or tearful. But on the down side, they were also more strongly associated with feeling aggressive, ill, restless, and tearful. "This can become a risky spiral, where drinking can be seen as a solution to emotional problems that it is actually aggravating". Do you feel relaxed, excited, energetic, lazy or what?

Alcohol has a way of controlling its connoisseurs. It helped to guess the mindset of the person drinking.

Results of the survey were published online November 21 in BMJ Open. "When you pick up one drink, it's hard to say, 'I'm only going to have two or three.' It usually becomes 10 or 20".

The U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has more on the health effects of drinking.

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