How Not To Be An ‘Angry Drunk’

Different drinks link to different moods, studies find.

(BETH MOLE, ARS Technica) When it comes to engineering the fickle emotions of humans, alcohol can do it all.

People who suppress anger become violent when drunk. So don’t do that.

It’s raised for successes and downed in sorrow.

It can energize and relax us.

It can smooth a first date or conjure tears alone. And this holiday season, it’s likely to both smother and ignite family blow-ups.

But not every drink offers the same mood maneuvering powers, according to a new study in BMJ Open.

Sifting through drinking survey responses of nearly 30,000 people from 21 countries, researchers found that drinkers turn to different types of alcohol for different moods and purposes.


‘Spirits laced with violence … ‘

“For centuries, the history of rum, gin, vodka, and other spirits has been laced with violence,” co-author Mark Bellis, also of Public Health Wales, said in a statement.

“This global study suggests even today consuming spirits is more likely to result in feelings of aggression than other drinks.”

For another calming option, you can go with beer. Nearly 50 percent of respondents said beer made them relaxed, and nearly 45 percent said it made them feel confident. It made 38 percent drowsy.

Of all the drinks, white wine was the most apathetic beverage. It was not strongly associated with any emotions. But only 18 percent said it made them tired.

That said, the perceptions may still be useful for crafting messages and interventions for problem drinking.

For instance, the researchers notes that “alcohol already plays a large part in violence in many countries, but the concept that consumption of different alcohol products may be more likely to result in violence is rarely reflected in public health responses.” Read the full story at ARS Technica.