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Mar 1, 2011 09:56 AM

Do Different Types of Alcohol Cause you to Act Differently?

In a recent thread, linguafood mentioned that gin makes her melodramatic. Is this in her head or is there a legit, physiological reason this could happen? I've never noticed it personally, so I'm interested.

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  1. Ahahahaha. I saw that header and just *knew* my reply had inspired this.

    While I (obviously) don't have any scientific explanation for my reactions to various kinds of booze, I can honestly say from experience that the effects are different. We're talking drinking here, not sipping. That is, getting a buzz on. If this is shocking to anyone, read something else.

    Here's the deal for me:

    Beer - dull-headed, low-energy, tired buzz
    Wine - similar, maybe less dumb-headed
    Vodka - clear-headed, not even feeling drunk, intellectually eloquent, brilliant sense of humor
    Gin - clear-headed until smashed and crying over silly things
    Tequila - no way, josé

    Who's next?

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      1. re: linguafood

        Not a huge difference with anything except tequila...I try to be VERY careful with tequila, because impulsive behaviour comes out in force...dancing on tables, everybody's best friend....oy.

        (Sadly, I was granted total matter how incredibly <insert adjective here> my behaviour of the prior night, I'll remember every gory detail before I even manage to lift my pounding head off of the pillow. I thus learned at a very early age to just try to stay toward the sober end of the spectrum whenever possible.)

        1. re: sunshine842

          I have to admit that I stayed clear of vodka for 5 years after a particularly bad night.

          Thankfully, I'm back on (or is that off?) the wagon. Haven't had a hangover in at least a year.

          1. re: sunshine842

            Tequila makes your clothes fall off? Darn funny song.

            1. re: Quine

              Never went that far down that rocky road, but that stuff makes me do stoopid things.

            2. re: sunshine842

              Cheap tequilla and Doritos coming out of my muzzle made me a firm believer to stay away from El Diablo's Nectar for good. Rum made me dumb, it made me stoopid, Jack D put me in a hospital.

              I enjoy beer only now. A buddy of mine is a home brewer so quality reigns; except for an occasional quantity of Coors Light...oh, the shame.

            3. re: linguafood

              This is how I feel with beer vs wine vs vodka. But beer feels the funnest to me.

            4. I can't really say a difference in the way I act, but I definitely have a difference in the way I feel. Beer makes me lightheaded and dizzy, comes on fast but also fades away quickly - wine makes me feel more energetic - but hard liquor (mainly Scotch) doesn't really make me feel buzzed, until the point I find myself walking into walls and tables.

              Not sure if it might have to do with the carbonation in beer vs the sugars in wine vs higher alcohol levels in hard stuff.

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              1. re: ncyankee101

                That's the scary thing, I think, about hard liquor. If you are sitting down, playing cards w/friends or just having a conversation, things are swell. And then you get up / encounter a good dose of oxygen. Whoa.

                1. re: linguafood

                  first time I ever had a Long Island Iced Tea -- everyone sitting around a table yakking and listening to music. Finished my drink, and started to head to the bathroom...took two steps and went flat on my face -- my legs just gave up trying.

                  (Oddly, a little buzzed, but not the usual falling-down-drunk level you'd think would be necessary to end up with rubber legs...but the body was having problems...but yes, I made it to the loo, thanks.)

                  1. re: sunshine842

                    LOL! The first time I had Long Island Ice Tea was at a Halloween party with the newspaper staff in college. They were mixing it in huge bowls and serving it up in plastic beer cups (you know, the big red ones). Halfway down the second cup I remember stopping in the middle of the dance floor, where I was twirling around proclaiming "I'm a Maypole" (wearing long ribbons in my hair as part of a gypsy costume), peering down into the cup and saying "WHAT"S IN THIS!!!!?" That party was a total flop, in that everyone got plastered so fast that it was over by around 9 p.m. The cub reporter threw up on the couch, the new editor's husband (who was a Triple AAA first baseman) threw him in the reflecting pool to sober him up, and the staff photographer, who didn't drink, ferried everyone home. And the next day morning we all had to be there to clean up and put out Monday's edition. Everyone who drank with me hated me in those days: I don't get hungover, but I do wake up starving and craving carbs. Trying to convince hungover people to go to breakfast is not a good way to make friends.

                  2. re: linguafood

                    ...and the next thing I was brushing off my shoulder was the floor.

                  3. re: ncyankee101

                    Generally speaking -- or rather, at least when it comes to wine -- sparkling wines will get the alcohol into your blood steam *faster* than still wines, so for the same ABV, you feel the effects more rapidly, more strongly, but for a shorter period of time . . . and a more rapid "crash."

                    1. re: zin1953

                      Oh yeah, I totally forgot champagne. That shit is lethal to the max. I have a couple of friends who can drink it all night. Me? I get heartburn, and that's when I'm lucky. I stay far, far away from that stuff, save for the occasional Mimosa.

                      1. re: linguafood

                        And life is still worth living? ;-)

                        1. re: linguafood

                          This is where I end up batshit crazy. I avoid it now. Will indulge In The occasional prosecco or cava.

                        2. re: zin1953

                          This is similar to what I was going to say. I believe it's based on the actual ABV and how quickly stuff is getting into your system.

                      2. I want to travel back in time and mix some (four) martinis for Dorothy Parker.

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                          1. Red wine - Sick, instant headache. Cant drink it for some reason

                            All clear spirits - Fun, talkative, lots of energy and usually my drink of choice seeing as though clear spirits never make me sick and I never go to far with them, including tequlia.

                            Dark spirits - Sick mainly haha, yeah my body just does not agree with anything dark.

                            White wine/champagne - Light headed, dazed, goes straight to my head literally. Then eventually it'll put me straight to sleep, moreso white wine than champagne.

                            Beer - Doesnt really have any effect on me, not that I drink it much.

                            1. Tequila for me ... and if I really want to get crazy Mezcal.