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July 15, 2022 | wine | Pacific Rim

Beer People vs Wine People

There are beer people and there are wine people, but are there any major differences between these two populations who love their favorite beverage? Read on to find out.

Alcohol content: Beer people vs. wine people. Even though a glass of wine and pint of beer contain about the same amount of alcohol, most beer drinkers believe that beer is more likely to cause a “buzz” faster. However, one study from Texas revealed that wine is more likely to cause inebriation faster than beer by a few minutes. Of course, at the end of the day, it really just depends on how fast the beverage is consumed.

  • Adds more calories: Most alcoholic drinks have calories. Overall, if you drink more beer vs. wine, you are going to be adding more calories. On average, a pint of beer contains 50 percent more calories than a glass of wine. Over time, this can cause some beer drinkers to develop a protuberant belly, hence the name “Beer belly”. But make no mistake, if you drink a decent amount of wine, it will also add non-essential calories to your body. The extra calories are of more concern for regular beer drinkers than the occasional beer or wine drinker. When considering beer people vs. wine people, in general, the weight gain following excess beer and wine consumption just comes down to the level of indulgence. 
  • The hangover: It is well established that alcohol consumption can cause a rough morning. But is beer worse than wine at causing nausea and headaches? In general, it is more about dehydration. Alcohol is a potent diuretic; it causes fluids to wash out of the body. In general, there does not appear to be a major scientific difference in drunkenness or hangovers after consuming beer vs. wine, although many will say differently based on their own anecdotes. If you drink enough of either, you’ll probably develop similar adverse effects.
  • Health consequences: It has often been stated that one glass of red wine every day might be good for health, as antioxidants can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Wines are known to contain polyphenols, which are potent antioxidants and can help prevent damage to blood vessels. Beer, on the other hand, does not have the same health-promoting features, chiefly because it contains very low levels of polyphenols. However, to get the health benefits of wine, it is important not to overdo it.
  • Personalities: There are certain misconceptions about wine and beer drinkers, and they include the following:
  • Wine drinkers tend to sip, whereas beer drinkers tend to chug the beverage down. This can go both ways.

Another misconception is that wine drinkers sit around a table, sip wine, and tend to talk only about food pairings, while, on the other hand, beer drinkers sit on a couch that is littered with fast foods like pizza, chips, French fries, and pretzels to wash down with the beverage. Again, stereotypes are sometimes correct, but this also goes both ways.

Here’s one that is only sometimes a misconception. Wine drinkers tend to be more refined and serious-minded, often reflecting on societal and political issues and how best to resolve the nation’s economic woes. Sound like anyone you know? Beer drinkers, on the other hand, tend to be more relaxed, although often screaming at TV announcers as they talk about the final score of the game. It could be said that, oftentimes, beer drinkers are more entertaining. But not all wine drinkers are alike just as not all beer drinkers are alike.

In general, there is no one distinction between beer people vs. wine people. They both love to enjoy their drinks, relax, eat some good food, and talk about things that interest them.  If you’re looking for your next great wine, then check out our selection at Pacific Rim & Company!


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