myth about alcohol
Mixing alcohol with energy drinks makes you drunker
. An energy rush from caffeine as a higher level of drunk. But energy drinks dont actually enhance the relaxed and sociable feeling caused by a few drinks. Instead, caffeine masks the sedative effects of alcohol that often cue people to stop drinking . As a result, people are tricked into thinking they have more energy than they actually do, which can push them to continue drinking Energy drinks alter the perception of how intoxicated we really are
Beer makes you dehydrated
. Beer causes you to urinate more, thus becoming more dehydrated.Beer causes you to become bloated, thus not giving you enough room to stay hydrated.
. Alcohol dehydrates your skin, which causes wrinkles. While the alcohol is in your body itll stimulate water retention, however line formation can come from the absence of that water.
DRINKING ALCOHOL WILL GIVE YOU A BETTER SLEEP
. Research has indicated that alcohol affects sleep in a number of ways, affecting protein channels in the brain that are responsible for regulating our sleep cycles.Alcohol has a natural sedative effect so it may seem logical that a glass of wine/whiskey or a beer before bed would help you get a good nights rest.Alcohol help you fall asleep quicker, as the alcohol is metabolised through your body during the night, your sleep becomes progressively
Dark beers are stronger in alcohol
. The color of beer has no relation to its alcohol content. For example, Guinness, one of the most popular dark beers has an alcohol volume of 4.2%, while several lightcolored Belgian beers have alcohol content of 8%+.Dark beers just look like theyre thicker, fuller in taste, and higher in carbs and calories. Many also assume blacker brews, like porters and ales, are higher in alcohol.
Puking helps you sober up
. Puking (vomiting)helps you overcome and prevents hangovers. Theoretically, getting rid of alcohol that hasnt yet been digested means it wont be absorbed by the body and cant contribute to tomorrow mornings headache.Alcohol absorption into the bloodstream begins almost immediately, so getting rid of the likely small amount in vomit probably wont make much of a differenceif youre already at that point, theres likely already too much alcohol in th
Alcohol kills brain cells
. Alcohol only damages the neurons. The body can repair neurons but not back to their natural state. Studies have shown that alcohol consumption can even help reduce the risk of Alzheimers disease.Alcohol doesnt permanently destroy brain cells. It damages dendrites, which are the little feelers on neurons that convey electrical messages from your brain to your body. Neurons are the cells that act as communicators, triggering motor responses to phys
Coffee and a cold shower will reduce the effect of Alcohol
. A human liver can process about one standard drink every hour (Thats 1.5 oz of hard liquor, 5 ounces of wine, or 12 ounces of beer.) Coffee or a dunk in a brisk shower might wake you up a little, but it wont speed up the process of eliminating the bad stuff from your system. Time is the only cure.Its easy to think that this combo will banish sleepiness and reduce the effects of alcohol, but the wakeup call treats only the symptomsnot the causeof
I just drink socially
. Drinking with other people does not make you a social drinker. Social drinkers might drink regularly, but they dont get drunk. Nor does a social drinker exhibit any of the clinical signs of addition to alcohol.
Alcohol gives you energy
. Actually, its the opposite. Alcohol is a drug. Its a depressant and slows down your ability to think, speak and move. Even at low levels, it affects your perception, coordination and judgement, long before any physical signs of impairment occur.
Youll be more affected by spirits than by beer or a wine cooler
. A drink is a drink . A 12oz. bottle of beer (5% alc./vol.), a 5oz. glass of wine (12% alc./vol.) and a 1.5oz. serving of spirits (40% alc./vol.) are all equal in absolute alcohol content.
A single sip of alcohol when pregnant can cause Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
. There would probably be a lot higher incidence of FAS given that most women, including those that drink, are usually pregnant for some weeks before they know it. However, as with most things, this may vary depending on the individual. The safest behavior for your child would be to abstain totally from alcohol and drugs while pregnant and while breastfeeding.
Taking Aspirin Before Drinking Helps Reduce Hangovers
. Taking painkillers before pain sets in wont helpthe meds power will wear off before that headache comes on. A word of caution: Absolutely do not take aspirin or ibuprofen while still drinking. The painkillers can erode the stomach lining, which, coupled with the stomach irritants in alcohol, can cause liver inflammation and allow more alcohol into the bloodstream, resulting in potential liver damage and a higherthannormal Blood Alcohol Content (
Eating Before Bed Reduces Hangover
. The alcohol consumed has already been absorbed into your system. Greasy food wont help your liver metabolize the alcohol any faster. In fact, the combination of alcohol and greasy food can actually contribute to acid reflux, meaning youll feel even worse in the morning. If you want food to help slow down alcohol absorption, consume a snack or a meal before you start drinking (But dont take this as free license to bingedrink.).
Light Beer is Healthier than Dark Beer
. Many people may end up drinking more to compensate for the lower alcohol levels, ultimately consuming more calories than if theyd stuck with fullstrength brews . Also keep in mind that any one brands light beer is only light relative to that brands fullcalorie counterpart (and calorie counts and alcohol content vary between brands). And besides, the number of calories in a product isnt the sole determinent of how healthy it is. Instead of automat
Everyone drinks heavily at parties so they can relax and hang out
. Many people use alcohol to help loosen them up in social situations, if youd stop drinking for a sec to take a closer look, youd realize that most people are not drinking heavily. There are only a few people who really get trashed at parties, lose control, embarrass themselves, or endanger their lives.
Its no one elses business how much I drink I can handle it
. IF youre drunk and then lose your keys and then have to pound on the door until your roommate wakes up to let you in, that affects your roommate. In fact, studies show that one persons drinking habits can affect an average of five people other than the drinker. Still think its nobody elses business?
Coffee is the cure
. Coffee may lead to more dehydration and could make your hangover worse. After a night of drunkenness, its best to avoid anything with caffeine. Instead, sip water and sports drinks to counter dehydration and replace lost electrolytes. This is especially important if youve experienced any vomiting.
Its just beer It cant permanently damage you
. Any kind of alcohol, if consumed irresponsibly, has the potential to seriously damage your digestive system. Alcohol abuse can damage your brain, heart, liver, stomach and other critical organs. Not to mention that it could also take years away from your life.
Everybody reacts the same way to alcohol
. Everyone is different. There are dozens of factors that affect reactions to alcohol: your gender, body weight, body chemistry, time of day, how you feel mentally, fatigue and the list goes on.
You can drink and still be in control
. Alcohol impairs your judgement, which increases the likelihood that you will do something youll regret, such as having unprotected sex, being involved in crime, damaging property, or being victimized by others.
One drink wont affect your driving
. People have trouble judging how seriously alcohol has affected them. That means many individuals who drive after drinking one drink think they can control a car but theyre wrong. This can have deadly consequences.
Drugs are a bigger problem than alcohol
. Alcohol misuse and abuse costs Ontario millions each year. These costs include health care, law enforcement, fire and property damage, and productivity losses.Alcohol is a drug and one of the deadliest.
People who drink too much only hurt themselves
. Everyone who drinks has a parent, grandparent, sibling, friend, boyfriend or girlfriend who worries about them. And what if the problem drinker flunks out of school or gets behind the wheel of a car and kills someone?
Foriegn beer can taste like urine
. American beer being weak as piss stems from the fact that most countries measure beer alcohol percentage by volume. The U.S., continuing our proud tradition of shunning the rest of the worlds measuring systems (just like that metric system bullshit), has traditionally measured alcohol exclusively by weight instead.
There is an addiction gene
. There is no single gene, or set of genes, that determines whether or not a person will become an addict. And even if a persons parents are addicts, it doesnt mean they will be too. Current addiction research shows that roughly 50% of addiction tendencies are attributable to genes.
SOME BOOTLEG WINES WERE MADE WITH COCKROACHES
. T. P. Hunt of Wyoming, Pennsylvania claimed that it was common practice for winemakers to lazily put a bag of cockroaches into a bottle of ordinary liquor and leave it there until it dissolved, thus replicating the famed Madeira aftertaste.
MOST BEER DRINKERS DIE OF DROPSY
. Recent scientific findings proved that the majority of beer drinkers die of dropsy. Though some have recently suggested that alcoholism is indeed linked to the disorder, Hunts assertion is, mildlyput, a huge exaggeration.
ALCOHOL CAN GIVE YOU A 25POUND LIVER
. The average human liver weighs somewhere in the vicinity of 3.5 pounds (roughly 1.5 kilograms) and the fact that excessive alcohol consumption can wreak havoc upon the vital organ is common knowledge. But this cautionary advice wasnt terrifying enough for temperance newsletters, one of which wrote that in some cases the liver [of a drinker] reaches an enormous weight, fifteen, and even twenty to twentyfive pounds being not uncommon.
. Although 31% of teens said theyve drank alcohol in the past month that still leaves 69% who did not! If you choose not to drink, youre definitely not alone.
I can sober up quickly if I need to
. Taking a shower, drinking 10 cups of coffee or eating a loaf of bread will help you sober up, think again. The only think your body needs is time depending on your weight, it takes about three hours to eliminate every two drinks youve had that night.
Alcohol makes sex better
. Alcohol can make people feel less uncomfortable in a social situation. But the reality is that alcohol can actually keep guys from getting or keeping an erection, and it can lower girls sex drives, too. More importantly, alcohol can affect your decisionmaking ability: You might put yourself in a risky situation; you might think youre ready to have sex when youre not or you might forget to use a condom, which can result in pregnancy and/or contrac
Alcohol reform will punish responsible drinkers
. Alcohol harm costs this country billions each year and this burden falls on all of us, drinkers, taxpayers and nondrinkers alike. The scientific evidence is clear; an integrated solution to the alcohol crisis, including small price increases, bans on advertising and removing alcohol from supermarkets, will produce significant benefits for everyone. These benefits, both financial and social, will far outweigh minor price rises and inconvenie
Alcohol is a mild social lubricant
. Alcohol is a Class B equivalent drug: is addictive, causes aggression and depression, is carcinogenic, fattening, and causes brain damage and birth defects. Most of us dont normally look at alcohol in this way which perhaps explains.
Alcohol is mainly a youth problem
. More than 90% of heavy drinkers are 20 years of age or over. Focusing law reform on youth is a cynical tactic to shift attention and blame from where it belongs: the adult drinking culture and what Sir Geoffrey Palmer called the unbridled commercialisation of alcohol across the whole of society.
Bubbles go to your head
. Its true that bubbles go to your head. We dont know why exactly, but its believed to be about how the body digests carbonated drinks, which can include over 250 million bubbles in just one glass.
Champagne bubbles make you more drunk
. Champagne bubbles open your pyloric valve through your intestines and move the alcohol into your bloodstream quicker. The carbon dioxide in the bubbles helps alcohol flow through the body at an accelerated pace. This in turn helps you get intoxicated much quicker.
Wine is the only good drink for the heart
. wine is known to relax the heart and help lower cholesterol levels, it has also been proven that beer helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Three glasses of beer a day reduce the risk of heart disease by 25 percent.
Beer gives Beer Bellies
. Beer is even 93 percent water. There is no evidence that beer consumption promotes a belly more than any other source of calories. Beer bellies are caused by high levels of body fat, not high alcohol consumption.
Lite beers will help you lose weight
. A lite beer will have 90100 calories, while a regular beer might have under 200. In the grand scheme of things, lite beers will contribute very little to your dietary goals, and considering their typical lack of taste, youd be better off drinking one or two regular beers.
Corona beer contains urine
. Mexican brewery workers were relieving themselves into the beer. Allegedly, the rumor was spread by a Heineken distributor and was only refuted following a lawsuit by Corona.This was a nasty rumor .
The best beers have green bottles
. Brown glass is the best color to protect beer from light, which is why most beers are bottled with it. A shortage of brown glass in Europe during the last century led to many breweries using green glass to bottle their beer therefore, green bottles represented imported beer for many years and people incorrectly assumed the color indicated a better beer.
You cant get a hangover from drinking organic beer
. Organic beer is cleaner or purer than other beer, but theres no existing proof that it manages to avoid giving hangovers when consumed in sufficient quantities.
Hangovers are nothing to worry about
. A hangover is the bodys reaction to being poisoned with too much alcohol. Heavy drinking plays havoc with the central nervous system. It interferes with brain chemicals leading to headache, dizziness and nausea and sends you running to the toilet so often you become dehydrated. The morningafter price of this imbalance can include a pounding headache, fatigue, dry mouth and queasy stomach not to mention a weakened immune system.
Hangovers are unisex
. Use caution when enjoying free drinks on Ladies Night. Given the same drinks, women are more likely to be affected by alcohol than men. Scientists say theres good reason for this. Women have a higher percentage of fat, which cant absorb alcohol. When women drink the same amount, more alcohol builds up in the bloodstream.
If a person drinks long enough they will become alcoholic
. Some people will begin to demonstrate alcoholic behavior the first time they drink. Others will drink their whole lives without ever showing signs of alcoholic behavior. And still others, after drinking for some time, will begin to develop signs of alcoholism. It appears to depend on the individual.
Alcohol use is not as dangerous as drug use
. There is more illicit drug users than there are alcoholics, every year there are many times more alcohol related deaths than there are drug related deaths.
If someone drunk the best thing to do is to put them to sleep
. The amount of alcohol it takes to make someone pass out is close to the amount that will cause death. Their body will continue to process any drinks taken just before they passed out, possibly increasing their blood alcohol to the point that they may go into cardiac arrest. Also, if they throw up while passed out they could choke and die. Do not leave someone who has passed out alone. They need to be watched over until they have returned to consc