It’s the season to be jolly! Falalalalalalalala… festive season goes on and drinks are going to be on most of our to-do-lists. We’re going to drown our disappointments of not getting the perfect festive gift, with a bottle or two and a few shots of tequila.
Thus, this week’s For Your Information decided to bring out the Myths and Facts about Alcohol, Consumption, driving under the Influence and underage drinking. So brace yourselves, folks, for you may not always like the answers.
MYTH: Alcohol is a great way to relax and reduce stress.
FACT: Alcohol increases the level of stress that is placed on the body. Adrenaline levels increase in the body as we drink. We may feel more relaxed when we drink alcohol, but the body actually comes under additional stress.
MYTH: Coffee, cold showers, and exercise will help sober someone up.
FACT: None of these methods will work. The blood alcohol concentration only diminishes at a set, slow, pace as the liver metabolizes the alcohol. Drinkers may feel more alert after drinking coffee or taking a cold shower, but the BAC will remain unchanged except for a certain metabolic rate per hour.
MYTH: Everybody reacts to alcohol the same way.
FACT: Alcohol affects everyone differently. In fact, an individual’s reaction to alcohol can vary depending on the circumstances. There are dozens of factors that affect reactions to alcohol – body weight, gender, how you feel mentally, body chemistry, tolerance, your expectations, and the list goes on and on.
MYTH: You’ll get drunk a lot quicker with hard lquor than with a beer or wine cooler.
FACT: Alcohol is alcohol. In standard amounts, beer, wine coolers, wine, and hard liquor all have equivalent levels of alcohol and will make you equally intoxicated. A standard drink refers to any beverage with ½ ounce of pure ethanol alcohol: 12 ounces of beer or wine cooler, 5 ounces of table wine, 1 ounce of 100 proof hard liquor, or 1.25 ounces of 80 proof hard liquor.
MYTH: Drinking is a good way to loosen up at parties.
FACT: Drinking is a dumb way to loosen up. It can make you act silly, say things you shouldn’t say, and do things you wouldn’t normally do (like get into fights or have sex).
MYTH: Alcohol isn’t as harmful as other drugs.
FACT: Alcohol increases your risk for many deadly diseases, such as cancer. Drinking too much alcohol too quickly can lead to alcohol poisoning, which can kill you.
MYTH: Alcohol is an aphrodisiac.
FACT: Alcohol reduces inhibitions and may stimulate your interest in sex, but it reduces your ability to perform and on sensitivity to stimuli.
MYTH: Anyone who passes out from drinking too much should be put to bed and allowed to “sleep it off”.
FACT: If a friend has had too much to drink and passes out, the worst thing you can do is drag them into a bedroom away from everyone else and close the door. Alcohol slows down the heart rate and breathing and lowers the blood pressure. The amount of alcohol it takes to make you pass out is dangerously close to the amount it takes to kill you. If a friend passes out, monitor their breathing and heart rate closely. If there is reason for concern, do not hesitate to get the individual medical attention. You may save their life.