10 Myths about Alcohol

  1. The ‘Beer Belly’ is Caused by Drinking a Lot of Beer. Professor of food science at the University of California, Davis Charles Bamforth says, “The beer belly is a complete myth. The main source of calories in any alcoholic beverage is alcohol… There’s nothing magical about the alcohol in beer, it’s just alcohol.” Alcohol has a high sugar content, which means that drinking too much of it will cause weight gain. Period.
  1. Drinking Coffee Will Sober You Up. Nope: Drinking coffee won’t make your body metabolize alcohol faster. Alcohol has to metabolize in your body in order for you to sober up. Caffeine won’t necessarily speed up that process, but it may heighten your senses and allow you to appear more sober.

    3. Men and Women of the Same Height Can Drink the Same Amounts: Wrong. Men tended to have more muscle and less fat than women. Muscle has more water than fat, which means that alcohol is more diluted in men than in women. So in reality, the blood alcohol concentration is going to be higher in a woman than in a man, and the woman will feel the effects of the alcohol sooner than a man will.

    4. Absinthe is a Hallucinogenic: Contrary to popular misconception, absinthe is not hallucinogenic, psychedelic, or narcotic. The only drug in absinthe is alcohol.

    5. Mixing Alcohol with Energy Drinks Will Make You More Drunk. Not true. But also, it should be noted that mixing energy drinks with alcohol can be incredibly dangerous to your health.

    6. ‘Beer Before Liquor, Never Been Sicker’: It really doesn’t matter in which order you drink. If you drink too much, you’ll get sick.

    7. Vomiting Helps to Sober You Up: While vomiting does expel the alcohol that is in your stomach and will stop it from further entering your blood stream, the alcohol that is already in your blood stream still needs to metabolize, which means that you might not continue to get drunker but you will in fact remain drunk until your body has completely processed all the alcohol in your bloodstream.

    8. Drinking Lighter-Colored Alcoholic Drinks Will Prevent a Hangover. Drinking lighter-colored drinks like vodka and gin won’t necessarily prevent a hangover the next morning, but it may be a different kind of hangover.

    9. Alcohol Kills Brain Cells: Not totally true. Alcohol disrupts brain function in adults by damaging neurons in the cerebellum. This reduces communication between neurons, alters their structure, and causes some of the impairment associated with intoxication. It does not kill off entire cells, however.

    10. Dark Beer is Higher in Alcohol Content. Nope, it depends on how it’s brewed.