It is unfortunate that there are so many myths propagated amongst adults and youth which misinform and presume there are simple strategies to mitigate the intoxicating effects of alcohol and provide remedies to overcome the effects of binge drinking.
The following are some examples of these false myths. The facts which refute these myths are reported in the source documents acknowledged at the end of this article.
MYTH: A cold shower, fresh air or hot coffee will sober someone up.
MYTH: You will feel better if you don’t mix your drinks
MYTH: You can sweat off a hangover.
MYTH: Lining your stomach with milk will stop you puking after drinking.
MYTH: Another (alcoholic) drink will cure your shakes the morning after.
MYTH: Breath mints can help beat random alcohol breath tests.
Then there are also myths propagated with the intention of encouraging people to feel more relaxed about drinking excessively.
MYTH: Alcohol will give you more energy and make you more sociable
MYTH: While alcohol is considered a drug, you cannot overdose on it
MYTH: Your body develops a tolerance to alcohol, so you can safely drink more.
MYTH: Lining your stomach with a big meal before drink can help to reduce the risk of getting drunk.
MYTH: Eating a big meal before you drink will keep you sober.
MYTH: Beer is less intoxicating than other types of alcoholic beverage.
MYTH: Alcohol is a stimulant.
MYTH: White wine is a good choice for a person who wants a light drink with less alcohol.
MYTH: Women are affected by alcohol to the same degree as men.
MYTH: Women can hold their drink as well as men can.
MYTH: Only young people are the ones who have a problem with alcohol.
Then, even worse, there are those myths perpetuated to encourage drinking to achieve a higher level
of intoxication and release of inhibitions in order for people to “enjoy” themselves.
MYTH: Switching between beer, wine, and spirits will make you more drunk.
MYTH: Certain drinks make you act unlike yourself!…For example, a person may claim that a certain drink (e.g. gin) will make them teary, another (e.g. whiskey) will make them see red and then there’s the drink (e.g. champers) that sends them “loopy”.
Finally, there are some common perceptions circulating in the community which
through scientific research have been shown to be true!
FACT: Drinking more than a glass of wine a day may reduce your chances of getting pregnant.
FACT: Drinking too much alcohol can reduce male fertility.
FACT: Alcohol is fattening.
FACT: Drinking water can lessen the effects of a hangover, but the alcohol will still be removed from the body at the usual rate.
FACT: Alcohol is a class one carcinogen.
It is imperative that every opportunity is taken to refute these and other popular but false myths and duly inform the community on what science and medicine have substantiated. Dalgarno Institute promotes awareness of what the medical research informs us about alcohol consumption and its harmful effects amongst people of all ages through a wide variety of means including a comprehensive web site, social media (Facebook, You Tube and Twitter), television and radio advertising and community wide programs.
With a commitment to informing and motivating youth to embrace healthy attitudes and behaviours, Dalgarno has developed and recently released a specially designed educational program entitled “NoBrainer: I wish I never…” which aims at informing and encouraging youth to make a stand for a better future through prevention of harm from alcohol and other drugs before they succumb to these common myths and associated social pressure.
(See sample DVD clips View Video Clips)
Written and compiled by Derek Steenholdt—Research Officer
Sources for Myths and Facts on Alcohol: