Whether you frequent the bar on weekends or enjoy a glass of wine at dinner, you’ve probably heard your fair share of “facts” about alcohol from family and friends alike. Many use these myths as conversation starters while drinking, so it might come as a surprise that the most popular have been debunked. Taps and Apps, a favorite local brewpub in Mililani, HI, reveals the truth about a few common alcohol misconceptions.
Top 5 Myths About Alcohol
1. “Beer Before Liquor, Never Sicker”
The saying goes, “Beer before liquor, never sicker; liquor before beer, you’re in the clear.” While frequently repeated, the phrase is nonsense. It doesn’t matter what order you drink them in, the severity of your sickness is determined by how much you drink. The idea likely came from the fact that when people start the night off light with a beer, they tend to switch too quickly to a lot of hard liquor, resulting in nausea.
2. Mixing Alcohols Makes You Drunker
Similar to the previous myth, some believe that mixing different types of alcohol increases your level of intoxication. While it’s true that drinking in excess will make you drunk, variety isn’t the culprit. Again, the amount you consume is what’s most important. Switching between multiple drinks as opposed to sticking with one likely means you’re drinking a higher volume of alcohol.
3. Drinking Beer Gives You a Belly
Beer bellies bring to mind a lazy individual who lounges on the couch with a bag of chips, watching television. It’s easy to blame the beer, but in reality, beer bellies result from a combination of all of these poor habits. Anything consumed in excess combined with a lack of exercise can lead to a gut. Beer itself won’t inherently make you gain wait.
4. Alcohol Kills Brain Cells
This myth is so widely spread that many believe it to be a scientific fact. However, studies show that alcohol does not kill brain cells. What it does do is damage the dendrites of neurons, impeding communication between them and impairing brain functions like coordination. In short, your brain works slower when you drink.
5. Alcohols Affect Behavior Differently
Maybe you think tequila makes you wild, wine makes you sad, and vodka brings out aggression. However, different types of alcohol don’t affect your personality in various ways. The effects of alcohol are similar no matter what you drink. Research has shown that having an expectation associated with each drink can trick your brain into making you feel a certain way.
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