Admit it. We’ve all had those moments when we were either left a sobbing mess or an embarrassment after one too many drinks. I have one friend that swore off tequila after it made him a bit too wild at a party, and another friend that avoids gin like the plague after it made her sick to her stomach. Personally, I’ve sworn off vodka after a particularly rough night and a series of embarrassing texts I wish I never sent.
There’s actually some merit behind your particular alcoholic kryptonite. A study conducted by Alcoholic.org revealed that drinking certain types of alcohol tends to result in a particular emotion. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a closer look.
Alcoholic.org surveyed over 1,000 Americans in order to track down the range of emotions alcohol made them feel.
Out of the 1,000 participants, over 94% of men and women mostly felt happy when drinking alcohol. That fact doesn’t surprise me much since we usually drink to celebrate or to party. What makes it interesting is when you compare those numbers to how many people feel disgusted when they drink. Over 45% of men feel disgusted when they drink, with women tailing close behind at 37%. It really makes you think, huh?
Despite the vast majority of participants felt happy when they drank, most of the common emotions they listed were more or less negative. People reported feelings anxious, sad, overwhelmed and even scared when they drank. Here’s where we get to my favorite part of the study. Which types of alcohol are attributed to an emotion?
Most of the hard stuff, like vodka, gin and tequila, comes in at around 40% of alcohol. You’d think you’d get a bigger emotional impact from those drinks compared to beer, right? That might be true in most cases, but beer can have just a big effect on our emotions as the big boys can. The study divided what drink was most commonly associated with an emotion based on gender and found some interesting results.
Wine, cocktails and Indian Pale Ales (IPA) were ranked the happiest drinks for men. As for women, we prefer cocktails and wine for our emotional pick-me-ups. Give me a Fuzzy Navel or a Midori Sour any time of night and you can bet I’ll be happy and content.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, some drinks tended to make us more sad and scared than others. Tequila, whiskey and gin were most commonly associated with negative emotions across the spectrum for both men and women. Vodka seemed to be a wild card in the bunch, so you might react a little differently.
With the holidays swiftly approaching, it wouldn’t hurt to find out which alcohol to avoid when during your family get-togethers. If you were planning on being a happy drunk this holiday season, I’d definitely stay away from the whiskey and gin.