From turning into a raging alcoholic just after one drink to being the biggest scumbags of Earth because of an occasional glass, Indians and many other societies have various stands on alcoholism. Many of these myths seem quite believable, and we fall prey to them. But today let us blow in the face of these myths about alcohol. So let us begin, shall we?
A hangover makes you dehydrated.
Alcohol will upset the water-salt level in your body, which leads you to be thirsty. So you see, you do not become dehydrated, and the water level remains the same. It is just that there isn’t enough water in the vessels as it moves into intercellular space. Water causes swelling, and that is the reason for that darn headache.
The older the wine, the better it is.
Okay, so your wine is not going to change into a spiritual liquor causing immortality if you store it for 20 years. Every bottle of wine has its different expiry date. Every variety of wine also has its idea age: Some types of table wines should be consumed within the first year, and you cannot store for a much longer time. There are even some wines that should not be drunk earlier than a specific period.
Alcohol makes you warm or cold resistant.
We feel warm after a good drink because the blood on our body rushes towards the skin simultaneously going away from other internal organs. So it may seem that the body has become warm but in reality, it has become less cold resistant.
You cannot mix different drinks.
So the way you feel after the party or in the morning (if you do not even remember about the party *chuckles*), does not depend on the type of alcohol you consume but rather on its amount. The only way to crack this myth is that if you drink only one kind of liquor it becomes easier for you to keep track of how much you have drunk, so the chances of drinking a lot without noticing it are much lower.
Alcohol acts as a shield against radiation.
Mind you; alcohol is not a medical supply that will protect you from radiation. It does not make radionuclides leave your body, and it is most certainly not going to protect you against dangerous radiation like some special medical supplies.
You shouldn’t reduce the strength of the alcohol you drink.
It is not going to matter if you drink some whiskey first and then end up drinking beer. The order in which you drink your beverages does not hold any importance. The only thing that matters is the amount of alcohol that goes into your body.
Alcohol contains way too many calories.
Your body tries to eliminate alcohol from your body as quickly as it can. This is the reason your metabolism slows down until this alcohol drains out of your body. So everything you ate before the alcohol turns into fat. So yes, it does interfere with your metabolism but is not way too caloric.
Alcohol consumption destroys brain cells.
There is no difference in the density of neurons between the people who consume alcohol and those who don’t. It will, however, hamper the neural pathways which might interfere with the growth of new brain cells. Fortunately enough, this path is reversible, and the neural pathways are restored when you end the consumption of alcohol.
If you eat a lot, you will not get drunk.
The above myth is quite popular that needs breaking. Large amounts of food consumed is not going to help you stay sober. The food in your stomach is only going to slow down the absorption process of alcohol. This can be a tricky business because an individual may not notice the first signs of being drunk and he/she will end up consuming more liquor that they intended to.
Have you heard of these popular myths about liquor? And did this article help you pointing them out to you? Also, if you know some more of these crazy myths then go ahead and mention them in the comments below.
And do not forget to drink responsibly.