Sugary drinks give you the worst hangovers. Liquor before beer — you’re in the clear. These are just a couple of the alcohol “truths” you’ve probably heard, and you may even base your drinking habits around them. But are you altering how you’re sipping for nothing? Here are 17 popular myths about alcohol debunked.
On the contrary, alcohol can cause you to feel colder. Alcohol causes the blood vessels on the surface of your skin to become dilated, which exposes them further to the environment and causes you to feel colder.
Hangovers are a result of how much alcohol is consumed, and in what time period. The more you drink in a short time, the less your liver is able to stabilize your blood sugar, which can cause headaches. The type of alcohol makes no difference.
Unfortunately, nothing but time will sober a person up. If you’re drunk and drink caffeine or immerse yourself in cold water, you’ll still be drunk, but also very, very awake.
While it might be true that some people need more alcohol in order to feel drunk, that doesn’t mean they need more alcohol for their blood alcohol level to rise. In other words, just because you don’t feel drunk, doesn’t mean you would pass a DUI test.
Studies show it takes some men an hour to metabolize one drink, however some women need an hour-and-a-half. But don’t count on that as a reason to drive home. Always wait as long as possible.
While alcohol might reduce your inhibitions, it does not stimulate blood flow to the sexual organs, and can in fact make it more difficult to perform sexually.
There’s no such thing as coating the stomach to slow down alcohol absorption. However, it’s a good idea to eat foods high in carbohydrates before drinking, because this “reduces the amount of alcohol that is absorbed directly into the bloodstream.”
If beer is your alcohol of choice, swig away knowing that your drinking partners who prefer vodka, whiskey or anything alcoholic at all are just as likely to develop a gut. The extra calories from beer come from the alcohol, not any specific ingredients in beer.
If you’re going to an absinthe bar hoping to have a psychedelic experience, you’re going to be let down. The only “drug” in absinthe is alcohol. That being said, there is a lot of alcohol in most absinthe, so drink wisely.
Here is some good news for BLT lovers — the bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich has been scientifically proven to help cure a hangover. That’s because the carbs in the bread make you feel happy, and the protein in the bacon also contributes to your production of feel-good hormones.
This is only true for some wines, but other wines actually taste best when consumed within the first year of production. White wines, for example, don’t have the tannins from the grapes you find in darker wines, which help those age, so white wines should be consumed early on. But the “older wine is better” rule really only applies to a small selection of wines.
You probably feel an intense buzz when you mix your favorite energy drink with your booze of choice, but that’s not necessarily the energy drink enhancing the effects of alcohol. Actually what happens is the caffeine in the energy drink causes an upper effect that hides the downer effects of the alcohol. This usually drives people to drink more, because they don’t believe they’re drunk and that’s why many believe mixing energy drinks with alcohol makes you drunker.
Your feeling of being drunk comes from the alcohol absorbed in your blood stream and not your stomach. If you’re already feeling so drunk that you need to vomit, the damage is probably already irreversible and you’ll feel hungover the following day.
This comes from the same logic of the throwing up myth, but once again, feelings of being drunk have very little to do with what’s in your stomach. If you already have the severe drunk munchies, that alcohol has been absorbed into your blood stream for quite some time and you’ll be hurting the next morning. (And possibly bloated from the midnight french fries.)
The fact of the matter is you’ll be the same level of drunk at the end of the night if you drink 6 beers then 4 shots of hard alcohol, or if you drink 4 shots of hard alcohol and then 6 beers. No matter what order you drink it in, alcohol will have the same effect on you. However, this myth comes from the fact that often, when people end the night with hard alcohol, they become drunk so quickly, their judgment is impaired and they drink even more. Moving to a lower-alcohol drink might keep you slightly more sober, which means you’ll know when to stop drinking.
You may have heard that red wine is healthier than white because of all the sugar in the white and all the antioxidants in the red. The same myth swirls around about lighter versus darker beers. However, even though darker wines and beers may contain more antioxidants, they also contain higher levels of toxins created in the longer fermentation process. So in a way, the cons cancel out the pros.
This is usually paired with the myth that darker beers have higher antioxidants: many believe those come with a higher alcohol content, as well. But the dark color actually has to do with the type of grain used to make the beer, and some dark beers including stouts are actually lower in alcohol than many lighter beers.