Are you someone who’s not in any way, shape or form sexy? I mean a real visual humdinger who can put other people off their food, then you should take up drinking gin, because gin drinkers are officially the sexiest.
Throw away your glass of rum, bin your specially crafted lager and mix yourself a G&T. Alternatively, you could always get plastic surgery?
A new study surveyed 30,000 people aged between 18 and 34, across 21 countries and discovered those who drank spirits, beer and wine all answered differently to questions about thoughts and feelings.
Gin drinkers were shown to be sexy, as well as a bit aggressive, but let’s not concentrate on that.
Wine and beer drinkers on the other hand, were found to be tied to lethargy and relaxation.
The study was led by experts at Bangor University and King’s College London.
The authors, writing in the BMJ Open journal, said:
Understanding emotions associated with alcohol consumption is imperative to addressing alcohol misuse, providing insight into what emotions influence drink choice between different groups in the population.
Professor Mark Bellis of Bangor University, who is also Public Health Wales’ director of policy, research and international 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.
In the UK, a litre of off-licence spirits can easily be bought for £15 or less, making a double shot only 75 pence.
Such prices can encourage consumption at levels harmful to the health of the drinker and through violence and injuries also represent a risk to the people around them.
Spirits are often consumed more quickly and have much higher concentrations of alcohol in them. This can result in a quicker stimulating effect as blood alcohol levels increase.
They may also be consumed in different social occasions so people may 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.
Drinking spirits like vodka was linked to feelings of aggression and restlessness – but also gave people a boost of energy and confidence. Beer increased both relaxation and confidence.
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.