While more people are becoming enlightened about alcohol and its effects, some are still holding on to unfounded ideas and beliefs about it. It is important to know and believe the right thing so you can be guided and have a healthier lifestyle.

Myth #1: If you mix your alcohol with an energy drink, you can keep drinking for longer

The effect of the alcohol you have consumed won’t be altered by the energy drinks you take. The energy drink may only mask the effect of the intoxication by making you feel more alert, but that doesn’t affect the alcohol in your system.

 

Myth #2: If your medication doesn’t affect you well, you can drink what you want

Alcohol is a depressant which can change the way your brain responds to medication. It might exaggerate or negate the effects of some medication. Read the label on your medication or consult your doctor if you have questions.

 

Myth #3: Mixing alcohol and illegal drugs is not harmful

Mixing alcohol and illegal drugs can be unpredictable and extremely dangerous, as you don’t know how they will interact.

 

Myth #4: You can drink as much as you want because you can sleep it off

On average, it takes about one hour for your body to process a unit of alcohol and leave your system. So depending on how much you drank, alcohol could still be in your system when you wake.

 

Myth #5: Alcohol increases your sexual performance

Too much alcohol can actually decrease sexual ability.

 

Myth #6: Eating a lot of food before drinking will keep you sober.

It is true that drinking after a meal can reduce the rate at which your body absorbs the alcohol into your bloodstream and prevent things like weakness, headache, and dizziness which happen when you drink on an empty stomach. However, it won’t stop you from getting drunk if you drink excessively.

 

Myth #7: Everyone reacts to alcohol in the same way.

Many factors come to play in how a person’s body processes alcohol and subsequently how they react to it. For instance, women generally have less body water than men, hence will have a higher concentration of alcohol in the blood. Hence, things like gender, body weight, metabolism, body chemistry, etc affect how a person reacts to alcohol, and it won’t be the same for everyone.

 

Myth #8: Dark beer contains more alcohol than light beer

Colour is not what tells how much alcohol a drink contains, or even whether it has lower calories. A beer’s colour has more to do with the type of grain it was made from. Instead of assuming because of the colour, check the label on the drink or ask the bartender to confirm its alcohol content.