When it comes to drinking, there are a lot of myths that people believe about alcohol. In most cases, they are old tales that have been passed along for years. Since everyone sticks to them, it’s easy to assume that they are true. However, most are just myth, and following them may keep you in the dark about the effects of alcohol. So, here’s some drinking myths you may want to know the truth about.
Drinking Myths: What Not to Believe
Caffeine Makes You Less Drunk
One of the most common drinking myths is that drinking strong, black coffee helps you sober up. The idea behind this myth is that the caffeine in the coffee will make you less drunk. However, this belief is definitely more fiction rather than fact. The only thing that will truly sober you up is time and rest. However, caffeine may boost your energy and make you more alert, leading you to think you’re more sober. This can be a dangerous myth to believe because, while you feel more alert, you actually have the same amount of alcohol in your system. Which means if an officer stops you, your BAC would still reflect your intoxication.
Blacking Out Is Normal
Blacking out after drinking takes place due to your body’s inability to handle the alcohol you put into it. Alcohol depresses the central nervous system, causing your heart rate and breathing to slow down. As you continue to drink more and more, the alcohol slows these functions down until you pass out. This is dangerous due to the fact that your functions can eventually slow to the point that your heart rate and breathing stop altogether. Therefore, this can be one of the most dangerous drinking myths to believe. You don’t want to make a normal habit out of blacking out when drinking.
Liquor Before Beer, You’re In the Clear
Odds are, you’ve certainly heard one of the most common drinking myths about mixing types of alcohol. The saying goes, “beer before liquor, never been sicker; liquor before beer, you’re in the clear”. This rhyme is indicating that drinking beer then switching to liquor will unsettle your stomach. However, the myth says that if you have liquor then switch to beer, you won’t be sick. The truth is, you may actually become sick no matter what order you choose. What makes you sick has more to do with how muchyou drink, rather thanwhatyou drink.
In short, believing certain drinking myths can get you into trouble. It’s important to know the real effects that alcohol can have on your body in order to stay safe and avoid a DUI charge.