According To Science, You're Sexier If You Drink Gin
My go-to drink is usually beer and I know that that’s neither sexy nor original in the real world. Not even a craft beer either, just a standard lager – Estrella or Amstel or something. I’m not too fussy as long as it’s not one of five-ish brands.
But trust you me, if making a gin and tonic were as effortless as cracking open a cold one (I’m excluding G&T cans because, well, they’re shit), then I’d be having a lot more of them in my life. Probably not as many as the beers, still, but probably around 40% of my alcoholic intake would be down to gin… which is a testament to beer because I drink a lot of gin.
I’m sort of losing track of what I was saying. This is about gin and that’s a good thing because I need cheering up this Monday morning. Sadly I’m not allowed to have actual gin, but the sentiment’s there.
Gin makes you sexy, essentially. And this isn’t just me saying that – although I agree – it’s science.
A study surveyed 30,000 people aged between 18 and 34 over 21 countries and found that drinkers or beer, wine and spirits all had different answers to different questions about their feelings and whatnot.
While gin drinkers turned out to be a fairly aggressive bunch, the study found that they’re also sexy guys and dolls.
Drinkers or wine and beer were seen to be a relaxed and tired type, whereas spirit drinkers were associated with being aggressive. Luckily their aggression paled in significance to that of their inherent and potent sexiness, with people seeing gin drinkers as seriously sexy fellas.
Experts from Bangor University and King’s College London lead this survey, with the authors, writing in the BMJ Open journal, saying:
“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, added:
“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.”
I suppose I always thought the aggressive people you find in bars stuck mainly to beer… or whisky. Good thing science is there to prove me wrong.
I think we can all agree that drinkers of WKD or VK are the least sexy people on the market, though. You don’t need a study for that.
As you were…
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