Myth #5: “Beer Before Liquor, Never Been sicker”
One of the most common alcohol myths many people believe. You’re most likely experiencing a rough hangover due to the amount of alcohol you drink, but not because you drank the drinks in any particular order. It’s typical that people will start with beer and switch to harder liquor later in the evening, and for that reason, they think it was responsible for them getting sick. The reality is mixing two or more drinks together has no bearing on how intoxicated you may or may not get. And the order in which you choose your drinks does not determine if you will end up getting sick.
Myth #6: Beer Drinkers get beer bellies
Beer drinkers can pack on the pounds, sure, but consuming anything in excess causes weight gain. A beer drinker’s stomach is an indication that he is overdoing it, certainly, but it isn’t necessarily beer. Beer bellies are derived from too many calories, but the source can be carbohydrates, sugars, or, yes, beer.
Myth #7: Eating a large meal before drinking will help you keep sober.
Drinking on a full stomach will not prevent alcohol from being absorbed into your bloodstream; it only slows the process. Eat and drink, but be mindful of your blood alcohol content.
Myth #8: I’ll just take one of those hangover shots. Those work, right?
Nope, sorry. There is no evidence that supports the effectiveness of the “hangover shots” seen in advertising. No matter how many vitamins are in the special elixir, it’s not going to cure your hangover. There is no basis to the argument that vitamins such as folate, B6 or thiamine help to accelerate the alcohol moving out of your system.
Myth #9: I can always get back to normal with a bacon, egg and cheese biscuit in the morning.
Most revelers and alcohol enthusiasts have their own version of what meal might cure their hangover or sober them up faster. It’s true that eating before drinking decreases the rate of alcohol from being absorbed into the body, which can result in a lower blood alcohol level. However, there is no evidence supporting the alcohol myths suggesting that any particular type of meal will get rid of your hangover.
Myth #10: Alcohol will kill brain cells.
You’ll have the same number of brain cells after drinking as you had before starting. You might feel foolish and hungover the next morning, but not because alcohol killed any of your brain cells. Alcohol has no relation to the lifecycle of your brain cells. In fact, researchers report that red wine can actually help the brain by preventing dementia in a person’s later years.
Myth #11: The sulfites in a glass of wine gives me a headache.
Although this is a popular theory, it isn’t based on any fact. Sulfites show up in all wines, including in wines that claim to have none at all. Sulfites are a part of the natural process of fermentation. They are also added to fight against microorganisms. Our government requires that winemakers print sulfite notices on their packaged beer as sulfites can trigger asthma and other allergies. Your wine headache, however, is more likely to be due to the histamines in wine, but it isn’t certain and the debate rages on.