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Hard alcohol could make you feel instantly sexier, according to science

Hard alcohol could make you feel instantly sexier, according to science

How do different alcohols affect our mood?

Different types of alcohol elicit different emotional responses, but spirits are most frequently associated with feelings of aggression, new research shows.

A group of UK-based researchers analyzed data from nearly 30,000 people who responded to the Global Drug Survey.

An global study of nearly 30,000 18-34-year-olds has found that red wine is most strongly linked to relaxation, followed by beer.

Additionally, only 20 percent of participants reported feeling relaxed after drinking vodka or rum.

Meanwhile, spirits appeared to make drinkers feel more "energised" than other drinks, with more than half of drinkers reporting energy boosts. Red wine was most strongly associated with feeling relaxed, but also exhausted.

Professor Mark Bellis of Bangor University, who is also Public Health Wales' director of policy, research and worldwide development, said: "For centuries, the history of rum, gin, vodka and other spirits has been laced with violence".

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According to research by Public Health Wales, spirits such as vodka, gin, whisky or rum are more likely to draw out negative feelings than all the other types of booze. The responses of the study participants helped to clearly define the classification of alcoholic beverages by types of emotions that causes people use. Similarly, almost 60% of participants said spirits made them feel confident and energetic, while 42% said spirits made them feel sexy.

The GDS includes specific questions on alcohol consumption and the feelings associated with drinking beer, spirits, and red or white wine. And beer followed closely behind in second place.

Red wine is more associated with feeling relaxed.

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". "This study highlights the importance of understanding why people choose to drink certain alcoholic drinks and what effect they expect these drinks will have on them", UK charity Drinkaware's John Larsen tells HuffPost UK.

"As people get the kick from escalating alcohol levels, the same increases reduce the brain's ability to suppress impulsive feelings or to consider the consequences of acting on them". For example, they were five times more likely to feel energized after imbibing than were people without a drinking problem.

The responses also differed by gender and degree of alcohol dependency. "This can result in a quicker stimulating effect as blood alcohol levels increase", he explained.

Bellis: There is plenty of promotional material that pushes the positive emotions people might look for from drinking, but it is important to understand the negative ones as well. But men were significantly more likely to associate feelings of aggression with all types of alcohol, as were those categorised as heavy or dependent drinkers, who were six times more likely to do so than low risk drinkers. They stressed that I feel all these emotions more often in cases when you consume alcohol outside of home walls.