Different types of alcohol are linked to different emotions, a new survey about alcohol finds.
Liquor makes people feel more aggressive, while wine is linked to feeling relaxed.
Liquor (spirits) were linked in people’s minds to feeling energetic, confident and sexy.
Like wine, beer was also linked to feeling relaxed.
Professor Mark Bellis, who led the study, said:
“For centuries, the history of rum, gin, vodka and other spirits has been laced with violence.
This global study suggests even today consuming spirits is more likely to result in feelings of aggression than other drinks.
In the UK, a litre of off-licence spirits can easily be bought for £15 or less, making a double shot only 75 pence.
Such prices can encourage consumption at levels harmful to the health of the drinker and through violence and injuries also represent a risk to the people around them.”
The results come from a survey of almost 30,000 people from 21 different countries.
Because of the nature of the study, it isn’t possible to say that different types of alcohol actually cause these different emotions.
Rather it is an insight into people’s beliefs about the effects of liquor versus wine versus beer.
Of course, our beliefs have considerable influence over what we experience, so the study is informative.
Kath Ashton, the study’s first author, said:
“People routinely use alcohol in order to alter their moods but this study suggests different drink choices may result in different emotional outcomes.
Understanding the relationships between different drinks and their emotional consequences may provide important insights into the prevention of alcohol related harms.”
About the author
Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology.
He has been writing about scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book “Making Habits, Breaking Habits” (Da Capo, 2003) and several ebooks:
- Accept Yourself: How to feel a profound sense of warmth and self-compassion
- The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic
- Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything
- Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do
The study was published in the journal BMJ Open (Ashton et al., 2017).