Most of the times, we do not really believe what the others have to say and we keep building on myths. Do not believe everything you hear.
Myth: Alcohol is good for your heart
Fact: Research shows that moderate drinking (one or two units of alcohol a day) may reduce the risk of developing heart disease ONLY for men aged over 40 years or women who’ve been through menopause. There is NO evidence that non-drinkers should start drinking alcohol.
Myth: Alcohol lifts up my spirits
Fact: Drinking too much tends to make you focus on your problems rather than forget them. Alcohol is a depressant and, in the long run, could make it more difficult for you to cope with any problems you already have. Drinking too much could also lead to new problems, such as illness, an accident or financial difficulties.
Myth: Beer will make me less drunk than spirits
Fact: One unit of beer contains the same amount of alcohol as one unit of spirits (but various drinks may affect people’s moods differently).
Myth: Drinking coffee will sober me up
Fact: Drinking coffee will make you a ‘wide awake’ drunk. Caffeine in coffee is a stimulant, so you might feel more alert, but it does not make you sober.
Myth: I’ll be fine in the morning
Fact: It takes approximately one hour for your liver to process (metabolise) one unit of alcohol. Sleep will not affect this and you will not necessarily be sober in the morning. This depends on the number of units you drank the night before. You can still be over the legal drink-driving limit the next morning.
Myth: I’ll be okay if I drink plenty of water before I go to bed
Fact: This may reduce the symptoms of a hangover by preventing dehydration, but it won’t make you any less drunk or protect you from the damaging effects of alcohol.
Alcohol-related problems are mostly caused by ‘alcoholics’. Immediate problems like motor accidents, violent assaults and accidental injury are mostly caused by moderate drinkers who occasionally overdo it.
So know the facts, enjoy responsibly and live fully.