3 Myths About Alcohol Offer Sobering Truths

WineWhen it comes to booze, many drinkers don’t take their drinking as seriously as they should– with less than 60 percent of heavy alcohol consumers believing that their drinking habits put them at high risk for health problems in the future.

Fortunately, Kenneth R. Warren, Ph.D., deputy director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), filters through some common myths regarding those tempting drinks below:

Myth 1: Hangover prevention shots don’t guarantee anything

There’s no scientific evidence that confirm the obscure anecdotal claims made on those products marketed as perfect hangover cures, no matter the vitamins stuffed inside, Warren says. “In the past, [manufacturers] have added thiamine or folate or vitamin B6 or vitamin B12 and claimed this helps speed the rate of clearance of alcohol,” he continues. “There’s no basis and no evidence to indicate that that actually does happen.”

Myth 2: A bacon, egg, and cheese in the morning will take care of that nasty hangover

Just about everyone who’s had a night of one-too-many drinks has his or her own hangover-killing simple meal of choice, but the truth is the stuff you eat before– and during– your drinking escapade is more important. “If you eat before you drink or while you drink, the effect of the food is to decrease the rate of absorption of alcohol into the body and … you will not get as high of a blood alcohol concentration,” Warren quips. However, there’s zero research that confirm any benefits of such anecdotal post-party breakfast bites.

Myth 3: Blacking out from drinking is “no big deal”

Perhaps you’ve caught your friend bragging on and on about not remembering anything from last night’s party — but “blacking out” is more than just another level of intoxication, as it’s actually a life-threatening circumstance. “Alcohol poisoning is drinking a sufficient amount of alcohol to suppress the central nervous system so that an individual stops required bodily functions,” Warren goes on. Reflexes needed to keep us alive (think coughing, gagging, breathing) can completely shut off, which can cause direct death. Even more common, though, is when a blacked-out drinker vomits, inhales the stuff, and drowns. “People have to know how much they are drinking and make sure they do not put their life at risk,” Warren concludes.

 

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