7 Myths You Believe About Alcohol That Are Completely Not True
Drinking can transform you into a talented sex kitten. You can trick a breathalyzer by sucking on a penny. You can avoid a hangover with liquid caffeine.
Let's face it: You've all heard of these drunk superpowers, breathalyzer tricks and hangover remedies. But are you able to separate fact from fiction?
Here are a couple common fallacies about alcohol to use on your next drinking escapade, to shut up a know-it-all or to impress your friends.
You can even throw in some super true facts, like alcohol will help you live longer and tequila can help you fit into your high school jeans.
No, this is not a drill.
Myth #1: Drinking kills brain cells.
While high concentrations (like 100 percent alcohol used for sterilization) can certainly kill brain cells, alcohol generally does not eliminate them.
Your brain functions, however, do become reduced due to impaired communication between neurons. This explains why your memory and motor skills become highly hindered during a state of inebriation.
But it's not forever, so don't beat yourself up too much if you think you've gotten permanently dumber as a result of getting too turnt.
Myth #2: Coffee, showers, green tea, raw eggs, acetaminophen, etc. will cure your hangover.
Hangover cures from coffee to drinking more alcohol are not scientifically proven to lessen that God-awful nausea in the morning.
In fact, coffee is a diuretic (like alcohol) that only dehydrates you more. Skip the coffee, load up on water instead and eat some of these foods to detox your poor, aching body.
There are also studies supporting the hypothesis that eating complex carbohydrates like toast or crackers may help in reducing nausea by balancing out low blood sugar levels.
Just go easier on the booze next time or take these precautions. You can thank us later.
Myth #3: Energy drinks + alcohol = not drunk.
Although you may feel less inebriated, this combination only energizes you, leading you to the false conclusion that it's okay to drink more.
Unless your plan is to get super wasted and make more poor life decisions, you might want to take a rain check on mixing energy drinks with your alcohol. But if you're stubborn AF and want to drink an energy-fueled alcoholic beverage for champions, try this one.
Myth #4: Different types of alcohol affect your behavior in different ways.
People love claiming that certain types of alcohol turn them into certain types of people (tequila, anyone?). It's not true.
According to this study, our behavior is more likely affected by the psychosocial factor of our expectations, which influence our reaction to a specific type of alcohol.
Tequila or not, you'll probably still end up with a splitting headache and faint memories of kissing your sibling's best friend.
Myth #5: Eating before drinking keeps you sober.
Although eating does help in the absorption of alcohol in your body, it delays rather than prevents alcohol from entering your bloodstream.
However, slow absorption resulting from eating a big meal prior to drinking does help with reducing the full effect of a hangover. And, eating these foods can help you out the next morning. Hallelujah.
Myth #6: Drinking improves your performance in bed.
Sorry to burst your bubble. As a great playwright by the name of Shakespeare once said,
…it provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance.
Alcohol actually inhibits body sensations, making it more difficult to get aroused.
If you're a guy under the influence, you most likely won't be so hot in bed thanks to less blood flow to your man parts. If you can't get it up, try some healthier drunk eats to maintain your sleek physique and keep your honey happy.
Myth #7: It's easy to outsmart a breathalyzer.
The tips you've heard about sucking a penny, cigarette, battery or mint and even eating underwear are all false. This common misconception assumes the breathalyzer detects alcohol by smell, which is not true.
The solution to this problem? You'd only be in this situation if you are intoxicated and behind the wheel in the first place, so for the sake of your well-being and others', don't drink and drive.
Now that we've busted these seven myths, put yourself to the test with 16 spring break dranks and the worst drinks for a diet. Then recover with the strangest hangover cures from around the world and how to detox your body and liver.