The research, published in the journal BMJ Open, discovered that different types of alcohol elicit varied emotional responses.
To explore links between alcohol preference and emotion, researchers in the United Kingdom made use of data collected in the Global Drug Survey-the world's largest online questionnaire about drug and alcohol use in adults. Just under 30,000 18 to 34 year olds from 21 countries who had drunk each of the specified types of alcohol within the past year, and who had filled in all the relevant sections of the questionnaire, took part in the study. Women were significantly more likely than men to associate each feeling except for aggression with all types of alcohol.
In General, it was found that beer and red wine man relaxes and wants to sleep.
Professor Mark Bellis of Bangor University, who is also Public Health Wales' director of policy, research and global development, 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, ' says study co-author Professor Mark Bellis.
However, while red wine drinkers reported the highest level of tiredness, over half of all respondents associated drinking spirits with emotions of energy and confidence. And beer followed closely behind in second place.
More than four out in10 (42.5 percent) of hard-liquor drinkers also associated them with feeling sexy.
"This study appears to confirm the widely held perception that different drinks produce different emotional responses", James Nicholls of Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern who was not involved in the study tells HuffPost UK. The scores for aggressiveness, restlessness, and tearfulness don't look like much on their own, particularly in comparison with all those other scores we've already looked at here - they measured at 29.83 percent, 27.81 percent, and 22.24 percent - but those percentages are much higher than they are for all of the other beverage options; so, it's safe to say that drinking, say, whiskey will probably make you feel more aggressive than, say, drinking merlot will. For example, they were five times more likely to feel energized after imbibing than were people without a drinking problem. But they also had a negative effect, tending to bring out aggression in some people.
And 59% of spirit drinkers reported feelings of confidence compared to 45% of beer drinkers and just over a quarter of wine drinkers.
The study's authors ensured that all respondents had reported drinking all types of alcohol included in the analysis over the past 12 months in order to make for a fair comparison. Be it an alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink, it does have a specific impact on you. "These expectations and motivations for drinking will influence how people actually behave when they have been drinking, and may in some situations lead people to drink at levels likely to cause them harm". "This can result in a quicker stimulating effect as blood alcohol levels increase", he explained.
But they add that their findings suggest that those who are dependent on alcohol drink as a coping mechanism rather than for pleasure.