Imagine this – different types of alcohol may make you feel differently. People have been boozing it up for literally thousands of years – if not longer. The good news is that we human have come a very long way from partaking in rotting and fermenting fruits. We now have safer processing that creates alcohol that actually tastes good. Because of this, we now see how booze has become a large part of our social activities, and even some of our most cherished occasions and ceremonies. But in the end, we drink booze for one big reason – we like how it makes us feel.
Evaluating How Booze Makes Us Really Feel
But the question is how does it really make us feel? It just so happens that there has been a recent study posted that addressing that very question. This study was posted in the British Medical Journal’s BMJ Open. It evaluates how different kinds of alcohol will actually bring out different emotions. It was noted that hard liquor caused about half of the participants to feel “sexy,” and it was observed that over half of them felt relaxed after drinking a red wine.
“There is plenty of promotional material—through advertising, for instance—to promote the positive emotions people might look for from drinking,” claims the co-author of the study Alisha Davies, who is head of research and development from Public Health Wales. “But we thought it was also important to better understand the negative ones as well. If we are to help people make informed decisions about their drinking, they need to know the full picture of how alcohol affects moods and emotions.”
Davies and her associates had also hoped to determine who are most vulnerable to these emotional changes. Prior research had indicated that an alcoholic could process their emotions in a different way than people who didn’t have an alcohol addiction. One particular study revealed that male alcoholics had less empathy, and another study implied that alcoholics showed a decrease in emotional processing in certain regions of the brain.
Some of this study’s discoveries—which evaluated data from about 30,000 people whose ages ranged from 18 to 34 —were not particularly shocking. For instance, around 53% of the respondents claimed red wine helped them feel relaxed. There is also a physiological reason for this; red wine happens to contain a high level of melatonin, which is the hormone that will tell our brain that it is bedtime.
About half of the respondents said that beer give them a relaxing effect, but the carbohydrates in beer already had a reputation for making people feel drowsy. And these were only about 20% of drinkers who claimed that spirits had the very same effect.
In regards to feeling other positive emotions—like feeling energized, relaxed, confident, or even sexy—hard liquors was the clear winner. Over 58% claimed to feel energized after drinking spirits, 59% felt confident, and 42% felt sexy.
Beer was the least sexy beverage with only 19% feeling this way. But 45% felt a confidence boost, 25% felt energized, and 50% felt a nice buzz.
Both red and white wines were reported to be around 28% and 25% in regards to confidence and sexiness, respectively.
Spirits became much look less appealing when it came to negative emotions. Davies and her research observed more reports of tiredness, illness, aggressiveness, restlessness, and even tearfulness.