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Not all alcoholic drinks are the same

September 17th, 2009

Drinks

The type of alcohol you consume may determine how hungry you feel afterwards, according to an Australian study.

A study, published in the journal Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behaviour, shows that while alcohol has a specific effect on the body, the additional nutritional content of white wine, red wine and beer also affects how our body responds to alcohol.

It suggests further research into the affects of alcohol should also consider what we mix with our drinks.

Research psychologist and lead author Dr Anna Kokavec, of La Trobe University in Bendigo, says to understand the effect of different alcoholic beverages her team measured the influence they have on the hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis.

The HPA axis regulates fluctuations in the body, and is responsible for the synthesis of the steroid hormones cortisol and dehyrdoepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS), says Kokavec.

“The HPA axis is a system that has an input into nearly everything in the body.”

Kokavec says DHEAS and cortisol, commonly known as a stress hormone, influence our appetite and are associated with learning and memory formation.

“We need a sufficient release of cortisol to make us feel hungry,” she says

According to the study both hormones are affected when we drink alcohol, and that low levels “could lead to specific cognitive impairment if alcohol is consumed on a regular basis.”

– ABC Science