Alcohol The real truth behind those rumours!
Alcohol has been surrounded by many myths for centuries and at a time when you’re fully intoxicated, it’s often possible to absorb these myths and take them as gospel. As you are clearly sober now, we thought we’d let you in on the ‘real deal’.
Don’t mix your drinks!
What makes you feel intoxicated is alcohol. Not the type of drink. Starting off with a few beers and then moving onto shots might seem a great way to get drunk more quickly, but the reality is that it’s the quantity of alcohol you’re consuming that has the effect, not the order in which the drinks are taken.
Bloody Marys cure hangovers
A shot of alcohol the next day may be a temporary “pick-me-up”, but in the long run, it’ll just make you feel tired and ultimately, worse. There are lots of weird and wonderful ‘cures’ floating around but water, coffee and aspirin are your best friends.
Alcohol kills brain cells
This may well appear to be the case when you witness the way you and others act when you’ve had a little too much to drink. The good news is, it’s a temporary thing. Alcohol will reduce your inhibitions, therefore making you act more of an ass and your memory will be impaired the next day due to the alcohol damaging nerve endings.
Beer causes a beer belly
There is some truth in this as beer contains calories which will cause you to put on weight if you don’t exercise it off. It’s not just beer that’s the culprit here. It’s also anything that contains an excessive amount of calories. If you want to stay in shape, cut down on the drink, get the gym or preferably both.
Once you pee, you’ll keep going
You are taking in liquid and your focus will be on drinking so yes, you will pee more. This doesn’t mean that if you don’t hold off for ages, you’ll end up going more often. The reason you’ll go more often is, purely and simply, because you are drinking more often. Due to the fact that it’s a diuretic, it will suck water from your cells and send it to the bladder. This will mean you’ll find it difficult to resist the urge to go.
You can beat a breathalyzer
Don’t even think about it! There are plenty of myths and tricks buzzing around claiming to hold the key to this but going out for a drink is supposed to be fun as long as you’re in control. Putting yourself or other’s lives at risk goes way beyond that and even if there was a way to trick the breathalyser, the risk would still be there. Just don’t even try it.
Different alcoholic drinks make you act differently
Alcohol is alcohol. It’s all in the mind. Take for example a trick we played on a ‘friend’ of mine. We plied him with non-alcoholic drink all night (after telling him it was fully alcoholic) and by the end of the evening he was falling of his stool and talking gibberish (more than usual). Never underestimate the power of the placebo and suggestion. I’ve even listened to a guy telling me all night how he could only drink vodka. Nothing else- just vodka- or he’d go “off his nut”. He was pretty much off his nut when he told me. It’s all in the mind. If you had a bad experience with one particular type of drink (because you drank too much or ate something at the same time that disagreed with you) you’ll often associate it with a bad experience and never take in that particular beverage again. So to clarify again- alcohol is alcohol.
Staggering your drinking time will keep you sober.
There are a number of reasons for some people appearing to be more sober than others. How much they’ve eaten, how much they weigh, how regularly they drink, how old they are etc. There’s not set rule of thumb on this. Once again, if this is a plan to try to beat the breathalyser, don’t even think about it.
Nightcaps will help you sleep
Okay, there’s an argument that could be upheld that would say alcohol will help to send you to sleep. It certainly has a sedative effect. The debate would be- does it give you a peaceful, uninterrupted sleep? The answer is a resounding “No”. Alcohol will promote restless sleep and make you irritable the next day.
Old wine is better
Cheaper wines are made to consume immediately. That will be around 99% of them. If you keep a cheap wine for a few years it’ll taste just as you would expect a three-year-old cheap wine to taste.
Drinking gallons of water before bed prevents hangovers
Alcohol, infiltrates your system quite quickly. So if your plan is to try to counteract an entire day’s/night’s drinking with a quick fix, you’ll be bitterly disappointed come the morning. It will only help a tiny amount (the amount of alcohol that hasn’t got properly into your system yet). Plan ahead and beat- or at least ease- those hangover blues.