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Gin Makes People More Aggressive Than Other Drinks, Study Finds

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Gin Makes People More Aggressive Than Other Drinks, Study Finds

It's the most wonderful time of the year and let's face it - lots of us are going to hit the bar HARD. From drinks in to nights out, many of us see our booze consumption peak over the festive period.

According to a study by the Global Drug Survey (and first noticed by VICE) if gin is your drink of choice when you're out on the lash, you could go from being as jolly as St Nick to the Grinch of the group fairly rapid.

That's right, it turns out drinking gin makes you more aggressive. The study found that nearly a third of spirit drinkers report feeling angry and aggressive when they have a little too much - 20 percent higher than those who drink beer or wine.

Co-author of the study, Professor Mark Bellis, revealed: "For centuries, the history of rum, gin, vodka, and other spirits has been laced with violence.

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"This global study suggests even today consuming spirits is more likely to result in feelings of aggression than other drinks."

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Credit: Pexels/Peter Fazekas

Although in these modern times, having a tipple of gin can be done with grace, style and huge amounts of fun - but going right back to the 18th century, gin especially had been associated with poverty, madness, depression and death.

Ladies are in for a bit more luck when it comes to one of the nation's favourite drinks though, as researchers also discovered that men were much more likely to experience feelings of aggression while they drink.

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Beer and white wine drinkers were least likely to have angry feelings when they drink, and instead were more likely to feel relaxed and confident. Meanwhile, red wine supposedly makes you more tired.

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Spirits were found to have a more emotional response - 58.3 percent felt energised, 59 percent felt confident, and 42.4 percent felt in the mood to get frisky.

Then came the emotions we all dread after a few too many - 29.8 percent felt aggressive, 47.8 percent felt ill, 27.8 percent felt restless and 22.2 percent felt tearful.

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Let's be honest, we all have a friend who fits into one of these categories and if you don't, it's likely you.

So, if gin is your poison take it easy over the festive season. Christmas is already a pretty emotional time - let's avoid the drama too.

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Topics: Christmas, Alcohol, Health

Rachael Grealish
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