Think you know all about alcohol? Think again.
Can drinking make you warmer?
FALSE. A swig of alcohol might initially make you feel warmer, but drinking any alcoholic beverage actually lowers your core body temperature. It sends blood to your skin, which will make you feel warm and flushed, but causes you to lose body heat. You could suffer from hypothermia and not even feel it. Alcohol can also cause dehydration and impair your judgment, which can make matters even worse.
Do men have a higher tolerance for alcohol than women?
TRUE. Due to physiological differences, a woman will absorb up to 30 percent more alcohol into her bloodstream than a man of the same height and weight drinking the same amount of alcohol. Compared to men, women tend to have a higher percentage of body fat, which does not absorb alcohol, and a lower percentage of water, which does — resulting in a greater concentration of alcohol in the blood. Men also have a greater quantity of an enzyme in their stomachs that breaks down alcohol before it enters the bloodstream.
Sucking on a penny or putting it under your tongue will help you pass a Breathalyzer test if you’ve been drinking.
FALSE. Whoever came up with this idea either had a very weak grasp of science or was playing a joke on someone. There is no truth to the rumor that the copper in a penny will somehow affect the results of a Breathalyzer test. It just doesn’t make any “cents…”
Taking a Cold shower, drinking coffee or going for a run will sober you up faster.
FALSE. There are no shortcuts to sobriety. No amount of black coffee, cold showers, exercise, or water will speed up the process. Your body processes alcohol at a constant rate of approximately .015 percent of blood alcohol content per hour, regardless of gender, weight, height, age, etc. (approximately 1 drink per hour). Only time will sober you up.
Beer does not have as much alcohol as hard liquor.
FALSE. A 12-ounce bottle of beer has the same amount of alcohol as a standard shot of 80-proof liquor (either straight or in a mixed drink) or 5 ounces of wine.
Beer Before Liquor,
you’ll get sicker.
Liquor before beer,
you’re in the clear.
FALSE. If this were true, no one would ever have a bad morning after. The fact is, it doesn’t matter what type of liquor you drink, the percentage of alcohol in your blood, or your blood alcohol content (BAC), is the real factor in how drunk you get. A single serving of beer or wine and a shot of liquor all contain the same amount of alcohol. Too much of any combination will make you sick.
Alcohol kills brain cells.
FALSE. During the temperance movement, it was often said that alcohol could kill brain cells. Throughout the decades, this myth has persisted, but scientific research has shown that the moderate consumption of alcohol is associated with better cognitive skills and memory than abstaining from alcohol. In other words, moderate drinking actually improves thinking, reasoning and memory.
Girly drinks, or diet drinks don’t actually get you drunk.
FALSE. A study done by Chris Rayner, M.C. from the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia showed that diet drinks could actually get you more drunk. This is due to the lack of calories in the drink, which will cause it to empty into your stomach faster, thus getting you drunk faster.