Alcohol is known to be some people’s stress reliever. Even in televisions, this was character’s way to unwind by drinking beer up to the time they were surely drunk to forgot their problems on their minds. However, alcohols are not that ‘bad-influence’ to everyone. It also composed with several ingredients that would help people too.
Don’t you know that taking a beer may actually enhance one’s ability emotionally? Although there are instances where alcohol became a cause of chaos and troubles, a study has been presented that it may also help to improve people’s ability to recognize certain emotions like happiness.
The study was been made by Matthias Liechti, a professor of psychopharmacology at the University of Basel in Switzerland. This study begins with 60 people, ages 18 up to 50, task to drink either regular beer that contained alcohol or non-alcoholic beer. These people were not aware of the beer’s specification given to them. Over the course of 15 minutes, all of them drank 500 milliliters of beer on an average count.
The people given regular beers have been drunk just enough to perform the study. After 30 minutes of drinking, the experiment has been made. Their ability to recognize emotions was tested and the results were gathered.
Researchers have shown pictures of faces to participants representing the six basic emotions; fear, sadness, disgust, happiness, anger and surprise. They were also asked to identify which emotion each face represented. After the experiment, it showed that people who drank regular beers were better at recognizing the faces that expressed happiness, compared with those who drank nonalcoholic beer.
Another study also showed that people who drank alcoholic beer expressed a greater desire to spend time with other people than those who drank the non-alcoholic variety. They were also more interested in viewing sexually explicit images compared with the people who drank the non-alcoholic beer. These effects were more pronounced in women than in men because consuming the same dose may lead to different blood concentrations of alcohol in men and women, and this may affect them differently. This was based on the given explanation by Wim van den Brink, a professor of psychiatry and addiction at the University of Amsterdam.
Findings were presented last September 19 at the annual meeting of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) in Vienna and published in the journal Psychopharmacology. Despite the results gathered, the authors of the new study indicated about its limitations. The researchers used relatively low doses of alcohol in the study, which means that the findings are not applicable to people who were addicted to it.
This study only presents that alcohol may result in something good for the health, only with proper consumption. Just like any other consumable in the world, there were limits to everything. Defying your limit can guarantee to avoid any issues on your health.