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Decoding Male Body Language: How He Handles His Drink

The next time you chat up a guy at a party or bar, watch how he drinks--it can tell you a lot about his mood and intentions.

He grips his long-neck loosely.

Lightly encircling the top of his beer bottle with his thumb and index finger reveals that he's confident. Not only does the relaxed gesture indicate he feels in control of the situation, but it's also a bit of cocky posturing--it gives off the vibe that he's too cool to be concerned with the risk of dropping his San Mig.

He puts his bottle by his chest.

That beverage is like a wall he's putting up. If you notice he's holding it in front of his body, he's feeling too guarded for you to ask him a ton of questions or bring up a serious conversation. Stick to superficial topics--movies, sports, etc.--until he lowers his drink and loosens up.

He pushes the drink near you.

A guy will do this over dinner or at a bar when he's feeling the urge to bond. Men subconsciously put their stuff in your space when they're trying to get closer to you.

He plays with the bottle's label.

A man who's nervous will unconsciously fidget. If you notice this with a new guy, he may be afraid you're not into him. Touch his arm to signal he has a shot. Pay attention to what was just said--it may have made him anxious. He also could be worried about something he hasn't brought up yet. Get him talking by saying, "It seems like something's on your mind...."

Sources: Body language and detection expert Janine Driver; body language consultant Jan Hargrave, author of Let Me See Your Body Talk.

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