For some of us, alcohol has negative connotations, such as bad behavior, rowdiness and terrible hangovers. For others, alcohol is a positive substance that helps to loosen up social situations and puts you in a better mood. There are a number of myths about alcohol that we have researched and decided to debunk for you in one helpful post!
Myth: Drinking too much alcohol destroys your brain cells.
Fact: A moderate consumption of alcohol can actually improve your mental functioning and definitely does not destroy brain cells.
Myth: White wine is a better choice for those that want a lighter drink with less alcohol.
Fact: A glass of red or white wine actually contains the same amount of alcohol as a bottle of beer, a shot of whisky or any other distilled spirit.
Myth: "Beer bellies" are caused by drinking beer.
Fact: A "beer belly" is actually caused, surprise, by eating too much food. No beer or alcoholic drink is necessary to cause your gut to grow.
Myth: Drinking coffee will help a drunk person sober up.
Fact: Time is the only thing that will help you sober up. Black coffee, cold showers, exercise or any of the other common cures will not magically cause you to become sober.
Myth: Men and women of the same height can drink the same amounts.
Fact: Women are actually affected more rapidly by alcohol because they have a slightly higher proportion of fat to lean muscle tissue. This allows the alcohol to concentrate as there is a lower percentage of body water. Women also have less of the enzyme known as dehydrogenase that metabolizes and breaks down the alcohol.
Myth: Switching between beer, wine and spirits will leave you feeling drunker and will make you intoxicated more quickly.
Fact: A standard drink of wine, beer or a spirit all contain the same amount of alcohol. So it doesn't really matter how you mix them, you will get the same amount of drunk no matter what you are drinking.
Myth: If you are a regular drinker, changes are you will live a shorter life.
Fact: The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in America found that there is a lower death rate from all causes amongst those individuals that have one to two drinks a day.
Myth: Your face turns red when you drink because you are drunk.
Fact: New research suggests that redding of the face following drinking could have more serious implications than we previously thought. Among individuals that have four or more drinks a week, those who become flushed from alcohol are twice as likely to develop high blood pressure later in life. This is because alcohol has a component called acetaldehyde that, when it builds up in your system, causes your blood vessels to constrict, which weakens your blood flow and increases your risk for heart disease and stroke.
We hope that we were able to clear the air on alcohol and some of your questions about it!
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