Certain types of alcoholic drinks trigger specific emotions in a person, as stated in a recently-conducted study by the Public Health Wales and King's College London.The researchers involved in the endeavor examined the emotions linked to different types of alcoholic beverages, and the implications to sociodemographics and alcohol dependency.
In the study, the researchers collected data from participants with ages 18 to 34 who confirmed consumption of alcoholic drinks such as beer, spirits, red and white wines within the last 12 months.A total of 29,836 participants from 21 countries took part in the study.
The researchers used an online survey with an anonymous questionnaire translated into 11 languages and promoted it using various platforms, such as magazines, newspapers, and social media from November 2015 to January 2016.They were made to choose from several positive and negative emotions when drinking alcoholic drinks such as energized, confident, tired, and aggressive.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, alcohol consumption can impair the brain.Impairments like difficulty walking, slurred speech, and blurred vision can present after drinking one or two alcoholic beverages.The brain can quickly recover from the impairment if the person stops drinking after two servings.But, people who take on more than two servings for an extended period can cause persisting brain impairments.Several factors have been noted to determine how strong an alcoholic drink can influence a person:
- The number of drinks they have taken.
- The regularity of their drinking.
- The person's age when he/she started drinking.
- The length of time that they have been drinking.
- Background of the person including gender, genetics, family history of alcoholism, and education.
- Overall health status.
- Effects of prenatal alcohol exposure.
The study findings revealed that alcoholic spirits were more likely to induce all types of emotional changes.About 29.8 percent of the participants reported aggressiveness after consumption spirits, while 7.1 percent who drank red wine reported the same feeling.Women participants reported feeling all types of emotions aside from aggression when consuming alcoholic beverages.The researchers concluded it is important to understand which alcoholic drink can influence a particular emotion in a person.The knowledge can help address abuse or misuse of alcoholic substances.
Effects of Alcohol to the Brain
In addition to impairments, excessive consumption of alcohol can cause other adverse effects on the brain.
1.Consuming large amounts of alcohol on an empty stomach may cause a blackout.Alcohol-induced blackout is a failure of neurotransmitters in the brain to imprint memories.A partial blackout is indicated by forgetting the subject of the conversion or being unable to recall your phone number.It usually happens after taking a small amount of alcohol.A complete blackout is presented by the person's loss of control over actions.The person is also likely to become overemotional or very impulsive.They may be able to perform certain physical actions, but they are not normal.The sudden intake of alcohol spikes the blood alcohol levels, leading to blackouts.
2. Brain damage has been associated with long-term consumption of alcohol, particularly in large amounts.Alcoholics usually suffer from thiamine or vitamin B1 deficiency, a nutrient essential to the brain.A person low in vitamin B1 may suffer from poor memory, irritability, sleep issues, muscle cramps, and muscle atrophy or muscle wasting.
3.The Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome is a disorder of chronic alcoholics in the world.The syndrome is the combined presence of both Wernicke's encephalopathy and Korsakoff's syndrome.WE is caused by the brain lesions that resulted from the depletion of thiamine in the brain, while Korsakoff's syndrome is the manifestation of neurological symptoms of WE such as severe memory loss, invented memories, and lack of insight.About 75 percent of identified cases of WE have been associated with permanent brain damage from WKS, while 25 percent require long-term care from institutions.
4.Liver disease is another health condition suffered by many alcoholics.Cirrhosis or scarring of the liver is common in people with hepatitis and chronic alcoholism.The condition starts with scars forming on the liver when it repairs the damage.The more the damage done to the liver, the more scars are formed after each repair.If there is too much scarring, the function of the liver is severed.Cirrhosis can cause several complications, such as malnutrition, the rise of toxins in the brain, jaundice or accumulation of waste product in the blood, and bone disease.
5.Liver cancer can form inside a liver with cirrhosis.The most successful treatment for liver cancer is an organ transplant, but it is only viable to a small percentage of patients.Surgery has a success rate of one out of three cases, according to the Liver Foundation.
According to CDC, the moderate alcohol consumption is one drink for women and up to two drinks in men per day.A single drink of beer with 5 percent alcohol content is 12 ounces and 8 ounces for the seven percent content.In wines of 12 percent alcohol content, five ounces is the standard amount.Only a shot or 1.5 ounces of a distilled spirit with 40 percent alcohol content is the standard amount.