Red Wine Boosts Your Confidence and Relaxes Your Mind, Says New Study

Nichole Vega
November 24, 2017

But if she is at home, just chilling with friends, chances are she will switch to wine or beer. Only 20 per cent associated hard spirits with the feeling of being relaxed.

But spirits were more likely to elicit some positive feelings than either beer or wine. For instance, spirits are often consumed more quickly and have much higher concentrations of alcohol in them. Almost a third of spirit drinkers linked tipples like gin, rum and whisky with feelings of aggression compared with only 2.5 per cent of red wine drinkers.

In spirits drinkers, more people said they felt restless, aggressive and energised after drinking spirits than any other type of alcohol. "They're looking for the energy, the confidence - feeling sexy". Many headline-writers and reporters seized the opportunity to say the study confirmed urban myths, which wasn't the case.

While conducting the study, researchers made use of the Global Drug Survey data.

The goal was not to prove that beer makes people groggy, or that rum turns people into rageaholics.

'Emotions experienced could also be related to when the alcohol is drunk, the levels of alcohol within each beverage type and the different compounds found in different drinks'.

If you want to chill out, fill your glass with red wine; at 52.8 percent, it landed the highest rate of reporting for feeling relaxed out of any of the other options. People may also be drinking them deliberately to feel the drunken effect quickly, while other types of drink are more likely to be consumed slowly or with food.

One third of respondents to the study were female, with the researchers noting that women were more likely than men to report each emotion as a result of drinking a single type of alcohol. For example, they were five times more likely to feel energized after imbibing than were people without a drinking problem.

Bellis and co-authors emphasized that their findings might not apply to drinkers over age 34, or other population groups.

A survey of 29 thousand people showed that the sensation from taking alcohol doses in people are similar no matter what country you live respondents, their religious or cultural identification.

Social norms may play a role as well. But they rarely chug bottles of Cabernet. But it's important not to let the myths get in the way of the facts.

In 2014, alcohol consumption accounted for 5 per cent of the global burden of injury and disease. "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.

"A lot of the sales of alcohol depend on creating [an] emotional relationship with the product", Bellis pointed out. But they also had a negative effect, tending to bring out aggression in some people.

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