Myth 1: It’s Ok to get drunk every once in a while.
Fact: Binge drinking, even on rare occasions, still does a lot of damage to the liver. Over time it can cause unintentional injuries, cancer, and heart disease.
Myth 2: Drinking is always safe in moderation.
Fact: Though drinking beverages like red wine in moderation could have health benefits, this doesn’t always mean that for everyone the good outweighs the bad.
- People that are pregnant or trying to get pregnant
- Prescription medications that interact with alcohol
- Plan to drive or operate machinery
- Have heart failure or a weak heart
- Have had a stroke
- Have liver or pancreatic disease
- Have AUD, alcohol dependence, or a family history of either
Myth 3: Wine or beer won’t make you as drunk as hard liquor.
Fact: All standard drinks contain the same amount of alcohol.
- 12oz of beer has 5% alcohol
- 8 to 9 oz of malt beer has 7% alcohol
- 5 oz of wine has 12% alcohol
- 1.5 oz of distilled spirits have 40% alcohol
Myth 4: Drinking is not a problem as long as you can hold your liquor.
Fact: This can actually be a sign of alcohol tolerance and overtime be a risk for AUD (Alcohol Use Disorder).
Myth 5: You can sober up quickly with a cup of coffee.
Fact: The caffeine in coffee make you feel more alert and awake but it does not make you sober. The body has to process the alcohol for it to be truly sober
Secret: Not every myth behind alcohol is true. Remember, that minimal alcohol impairs the liver and over indulging can be very over taxing on the liver and your metabolic function.