Alcohol has been around for centuries. With such a long history behind it, it’s no surprise that some alcohol myths have popped up. However, it’s important to know where the truth is in these common myths, and where they’re off the mark…
Alcohol Myths: What’s The Truth?
“You can’t drink beer after liquor”
Have you ever heard the phrase “beer before liquor, never been sicker”? Many people know this claim by heart, and are sure to adhere to it when they drink themselves. However, this popular alcohol myth is actually just that: a myth.
It’s not the type of alcohol you drink, or the order you drink it in that matters. It all mainly comes down to just how much you drink. Now, there’s a chance you could just be experiencing the carbonation of the beer irritating your stomach, which might speed up the absorption of alcohol. However, the main issue is just people switching from lower ABV beers to higher ABV liquors, and having too much.
“Darker drinks are healthier”
There’s been a lot of study done in recent times about potential health benefits of certain drinks. For instance, take red wines. You might’ve seen articles about how they and other dark drinks are good for the heart and can help prevent cancers. Again, this alcohol myth is somewhere in-between the truth and fiction.
It is true that darker drinks like red wines do have polyphenols in them, which act as healthy antioxidants. Darker beers also have more flavonoids in them, which reduce inflammation. However, darker drinks also have high levels of congeners in them, which can intensify hangovers. And of course, drinking too much of any alcohol is never healthy.
“You can throw up to sober up”
This somewhat-nasty alcohol myth is something people seem to use as a last resort. However, it’s something that they shouldn’t be doing at all. The thing is, your body absorbs alcohol very quickly. Throwing up won’t get that alcohol out of your system; instead, it’ll just make you feel worse than you already did.
In fact, there’s really no way to sober up quickly. Things like coffee or fruits are commonly thought to help, but these are also just myths. All you can do is wait for your body to process the alcohol that’s in your body, and not drink anymore in the meantime.