If you like a tipple, more than likely you'll have heard plenty of seemingly wise words about the demon drink – careful what you believe...
1. Beer drinking gives you a beer belly
You don’t need to drink lots of beer to get a booze belly. All alcohol has high levels of calories and empty carbohydrates. So, whether knocking back a pint of beer or a large glass of red wine, they’ll both add inches to your hips!
2. Coffee will help you beat a hangover
To sober up completely, you need to get rid of all the alcohol in your body. Coffee doesn’t speed up this process. Your body has to naturally get rid of the alcohol and this takes a few hours. The coffee may sharpen up your senses and make you think the hangover’s on its way out, but it’s not! Even drinking gallons of the stuff won’t speed up the process.
3. Alcohol destroys your brain cells
Your thinking process and brain activity may slow down whilst drinking, but no brain cells are completely destroyed. Alcohol tends to damage nerve cells in the central nervous system which controls learning and motor coordination. Communication between nerve cells lowers which changes their structure and causes symptoms that happen when you’re drunk. This can be a short-term problem, but the more you drink, the more your brain loses its ability to mend itself after a night of boozing.
4. Mixing energy drinks and alcohol makes you more drunk
After a few vodka and Red Bulls, you won’t feel more drunk, you’ll just feel a different sort of drunk. Drinking alcohol with a caffeine-fuelled energy drink puts you in an odd state called ‘totally aware drunk’. The same amount of alcohol is in your blood stream, but you feel more sober due to the caffeine.
5. Drinking beer before spirits gets you drunk faster
The order you drink alcohol makes no difference, your hangover’s there because you drank too much, full stop! All the drinks you consume cause the same effects that drinking too much cause, such as dehydration, memory loss, nausea and light sensitivity.
6. Lighter beverages (in colour) won’t give you a hangover
Alcoholic drinks that are lighter in colour are slightly better due to the fermentation process that darker alcoholic products go through. But lighter coloured alcohol will still give you a hangover, just a slightly less painful one.
7. Vomiting sobers you up
Throwing up does gets rid of the alcohol in your digestive system and stops it from entering your bloodstream, but your blood still contains alcohol that your body needs to get rid of. It may help get rid of the alcohol in your stomach and stop you getting any more drunk, but your body will still take a few hours to get rid of the alcohol in your blood.
8. If a man and woman are the same height, they can drink the same amount of alcohol
Even if you’re the same height and weight as your drinking partner, you’ll still get tipsy quicker if you’re drinking the same amount of alcohol. This happens because men have more muscle tissue and less fat than women. Muscles contain more water than fat, so what this means is men’s bodies dilute the alcohol more easily, whereas women’s retain it longer. So, we hope that you’ve enjoyed reading these alcohol myths and of course, please drink responsibly.