Most Common Myths About Alcohol Debunked
Alcohol has long been the “life of the party” for many social gatherings, from college frat parties to large family get-togethers. There is
a lot of misinformation out there regarding alcohol, and many people believe these words without question. That is where the problem with alcohol lies.
No one takes the dangers of it serious. Here are some debunked myths about alcohol:
1. Less Intoxicating
People are often mistaken about just how much beer compares to wine or a cocktail. Whether you are drinking 1 ½ ounce of liquor in a cocktail, a 5-ounce glass of wine, or a 12 oz can of beer, you will be the same level of drunk guaranteed. Each of these is a considered a standard serving, respectively.
Now, if you hammered back 12 ounces of tequila or vodka versus a 12 ounce can of beer, then yes, the beer would be less intoxicating.
2. Switching Drinks Gets You There Faster
There are many sayings like “Beer on whiskey, mighty risky” or “Beer before liquor, never been sicker.” Hearing this so often, you would think that sticking to just one or two types of drinks would keep you in the clear.
The thing is, alcohol is alcohol. Whether you’re drinking Budweiser and wine or Tecate and Jack Daniels, the results will all be the same. Too much alcohol will lead to some of the worst physical feelings you’ve ever had.
When you begin to feel like you’re dying after partying too hard, that’s your body entering survival mode and trying to keep your heart beating. Go heavy on the sauce and you’ll end up dehydrated like a Sun-Maid raisin.
3. Need To Sober Up? Showers, Fresh Air, and Coffee to the Rescue
No matter what family you belong to, each has their own set of ways to sober up. Many, though, are pretty universal in their claims of helping to stave off the drunkenness. Ever been told to have a cup of coffee after a night of binging? What about stepping out of the bar to inhale the fresh air and exhale your buzz?
All these things might feel good when you are seeing double, but none of it will help at all with sobering up.
For one drink, your body takes up to an hour to process and remove the alcohol from your system. And none of these will fool a Breathalyzer test.
4. Gorge Yourself to Stay Sober
So you decided to have a substantial helping of lunch before heading out for the night to drink. If you think that your large meal will help keep the alcohol from getting you drunk, you are severely mistaken. You are simply delaying the eventual absorption of the alcohol into your bloodstream.
A meal high in carbs and grease might help prevent a hangover the next morning, but eating a ton of food before ingesting alcohol will simply delay your eventual intoxication.
5. Wine: The Older the Better
Wine has become a multi-billion dollar industry with many vineyards and production facilities around the world. The common belief among connoisseurs of fermented grape juice would tell you that higher price tags usually mean a better-aged product.
Does leaving wine in a cellar do anything for its flavor or other details? While some wines are meant to be stored for a few years, the majority are meant to be consumed within one year of being finished.
After a short while, the antioxidants you would normally see in wine actually decrease over time. If you’ve got a wine you’ve been dying to try out, pop it now and pass the bottle on.
6. Puking – The Sobering Hangover Cure
Many people also believe that, if you puke while drunk you can shake off some of the alcohol and feel more sober. This claim is painfully untrue. Anyone familiar with basic human physiology knows that alcohol is immediately absorbed into the bloodstream.
And if you’ve gotten to the point where you’re vomiting involuntarily, it’s too late to “sober up” and you can expect a hangover when you wake up the next day.
7. Beer is Great Post-Workout
One study saw only slight evidence of rehydration when athletes were tested after a workout regimen. The problem with using alcohol post-workout is that it causes a chain reaction forcing oxygen to leave the bloodstream far quicker, inhibiting the transport of digestive enzymes and essential nutrients.
If you want to replenish after a workout, try sports drinks with sugar, salt, and potassium. These are things known to help rehydrate the body.