There are a lot of myths around alcohol as well. Below we list some of the myths and how they stand up to some scrutiny.
I am sure that by now you have had the chance to see the show MythBusters, where they take everyday myths and test them to see if they are real or totally busted. There are a lot of myths around alcohol as well. Below we list some of the myths and how they stand up to some scrutiny.MYTH: Everyone drinks.TRUTH: Not true. 69% of teens said they did not drink alcohol in the past month! If you choose not to drink, you're definitely not alone.MYTH: Alcohol gives you energy.TRUTH: This statement is false. Alcohol is a depressant, and can actually make you sleepy. It slows down your motor skills which control the way you think, speak, move and react.MYTH: Beer before liquor, never been sicker - liquor before beer, you're in the clear.TRUTH: This is an old urban legend used to explain why people get sick when they drink - but it's just not true. Your blood alcohol content (also known as BAC, the percentage of alcohol in your blood) is what determines how drunk you are. It doesn't matter what type of alcohol you chose to consume - a drink is a drink, and too much of any combination can make you sick.MYTH: I can sober up quickly if I need to.TRUTH: If you think that taking a shower, drinking 10 cups of coffee or eating a loaf of bread will help you sober up — think again. The only thing your body needs is time — depending on your weight, it takes about three hours to eliminate every two drinks from your body.MYTH: Driving with someone who drank can be safe, because they drive extra carefully so they don't get pulled over.TRUTH: Drinking and driving is extremely dangerous and can be deadly. Each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking and about 1,900 of these deaths are from motor vehicle crashes (NIAAA). In 2002, alcohol was involved in 41% of all fatal crashes (NIDA). A person might think he's in control, but alcohol slows down reaction time which makes driving a car one of the worst decisions one can make — even if he's had only a little bit to drink.MYTH: Everyone who gets drunk acts the same.TRUTH: Not true. There are lots of factors that affect the body's reactions to alcohol, including weight, age, gender, body chemistry, genetics, amount of food and alcohol consumed — the list can go on. The way one person reacts can be vastly different from how another person reacts. You can't predict how alcohol will affect you.