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.
"Unfortunately, while looking for positive outcomes, heavier drinkers are also much more likely to report those aggressive, tearful and restless outcomes as well", he noted. Basically, the setting in which people tend to drink red wine might be more relaxing, whereas the setting for spirits might be more active. According to the current study, though, drinking whiskey ups a whole hosts of emotions, from confidence to aggression.
The GDS, which is provided in 11 languages, includes specific questions on alcohol consumption and the feelings associated with drinking beer, spirits and red or white wine when at home or when out.
Mark Bellis, a professor of public health at Bangor University in the U.K and the lead author of this study, said that the consumption of spirits have been associated with violence for years, and their new study is once again substantiating this fact.
After examining anonymised responses to the world's largest online survey of legal and illicit drug and alcohol use among adults, researchers found that drinking spirits such as vodka, gin or rum appears to be more commonly associated with aggression than other drinks, 30 per cent of spirit drinkers reporting feeling aggressive after drinking spirits.
Bellis said that it makes sense that different types of drinks would work differently on the brain and emotions, given how alcohol levels vary.
Moreover, spirits have a higher alcohol content. "People get that rush", he said, "and of course it damps down the consideration of the repercussions of some of the actions they might take". Probably the most likely thing that will happen is you'll relax a bit (32.67 percent) - although not as much as you would if you drink red wine instead.
Confidence and sexiness make up the middle ground here; 27.88 percent reported feeling confident and 25.20 percent reported feeling sexy.
The study also asked how strong the respondents' dependency on alcohol was and found that people with a higher dependency were more likely to say they felt all emotions.
For example, almost one-third of hard liquor imbibers said they were more likely to feel aggressive after a shot or two, compared with 2.5 percent of red wine drinkers and just under 7 percent of beer drinkers, the findings showed.
Results of the survey were published online November 21 in BMJ Open.
After completion of the study, researchers found that different types of alcohol can trigger different emotions in the minds of the consumer.
This study is useful in that it can help health campaigners understand why people choose a type of alcohol in a certain situation. "The entire centuries-old history of rum, vodka, gin and other spirits are just saturated with violence".