Alcohol can bring you places. When you think of a gin and tonic, you might be brought to the first summer weekend on your front porch, eggnog may bring you to a fireside armchair around the holidays, and a pale lager with a lime might sweep you off to your favourite sunbathing spot on the beach. These connections are born of experience, but according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal, the type of alcohol you’re imbibing may have a direct effect on your mood and even how sexy you feel.
The study, which pulled data from nearly 30,000 people who participated in the Global Drug Survey, looked into how certain types of alcohol may trigger certain feelings. The participants were in the 18-34 age range and hailed from 21 different countries. Over the span of 12 months, the individuals had the negative and positive emotions they associated with certain alcohols recorded. (Check out the 10 best beer cities in the world.)
The feelings measured were energized, relaxed, sexy, confident, tired, aggressive, ill, restless and tearful. The types of alcohol measured were broken down into four categories: beer, white wine, red wine, and spirits.
If you’re looking to feel sexier, your best bet is the liquor route; 42.4 per cent of respondents found that they were feeling noticeably foxier after a spirits-based drink. Spirits also helped with how confident people felt (59 per cent) and how energized they felt (58 per cent) However, you might want to weigh that with the negative side effects of spirits; it had the highest rates for aggression (30 per cent) tearfulness (22 per cent), and restlessness (28 per cent).
But for those that prefer the lesser-proof path, don’t fret. Wine and beer are best for unwinding, with relaxation rates of 53 per cent and 50 per cent respectively. And if you’re looking to wind down for the night, turn to red wine; it was found to be the most fatigue-inducing alcohol, making 60 per cent of imbibers feel tired.
So when the waiter rolls around on your next date night, opt for Bourbon, neat. Pick up a fine pilsner when you’re set to let off some steam after a long work week. And maybe skip the Jaeger bomb before your next nap (for many reasons) and pour yourself a nice glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. And if you’re trying to make the best use of your recent Cantonese lessons in conversation, grab literally any alcoholic beverage.
Originally published as This Type of Alcohol Is Scientifically Proven to Make You Feel Sexier, Apparently on ReadersDigest.com.