In case of men, researches said that a man who felt angry was more likely to drink the next day than a man who didn’t feel as enraged.
‘Livescience’ reported that neither happiness, nor sadness had particular sway as a trigger for drinking in one gender over the other.
Researchers also said that neither of the genders who drink heavily effectively drowns their sorrows with alcohol. Valerie S Harder, lead author of the study from the University of Vermont said, “Some people say they want to use alcohol to improve their mood, and that’s not what we found happening.”
The study looked at how drinking affected participants’ moods. Researchers guessed that people would report less anger or sadness after drinking, and more happiness a day after drinking. However, the data showed the opposite.
Harder said, “In fact, it works the other way: People report less happiness as they use more alcohol.”
Both men and women reported feeling less happy the day after drinking, but the effect was much stronger for women.
The study participants went through an alcohol treatment programme. They were then called in every day for six months and reported their moods, stress level and drinking habits. The participants’ ages ranged between 21 to 82 years.
The researchers concluded that stress can change a person’s mood and their drinking habits.
Harder and her colleagues used an interactive voice-recordings for the 246 study participants who had been flagged by a primary-care doctor as having a possible drinking problem to track people’s moods and drinking habits.