5 Holiday Drinking Myths

December 10, 2018

The holidays can be a fun time with family and friends. But they can also be dangerous if you’re not careful. Despite all the education out there, there’s still a lot of drinking myths that persist. Here’s 5 myths about holiday drinking so you’re in the know before you head out!

Myth 1: If you don’t feel it, you’re fine.

Wrong! Even if you feel “fine,” your critical decision-making abilities and driving-related judgement are start long before you show physical signs of intoxication. This myth about holiday drinking is easy to buy into because you’re feeling upbeat and happy. Alcohol is a stimulant, after all. The more you drink, the less happy you become as it switches to a depressant. The main issues here are impaired reaction times, drowsiness, and lack of judgement.

Myth 2: Coffee will sober you up.

Um, no! The only thing coffee helps with is your drowsiness. This myth about holiday drinking is not a quick cure. Your body still needs to process the alcohol in your system. Even after you stop drinking, alcohol in the stomach and intestine continues to enter the bloodstream, impairing judgment and coordination for hours.

Myth 3: Men and women’s bodies react to alcohol the same way.

Welllll, no. But kinda. No matter what, drinking causes impairments in judgement, reaction times and mental clarity. All of those reactions are the same – no matter what sex you are. But women tend to be smaller than men, so when they drink, it leads to higher blood-alcohol concentrations. Bottom line about this holiday drinking myth: don’t have a drinking competition!

Myth 4: Beer before liquor, never been sicker; liquor before beer, you’re in the clear.

No. Just, no. This holiday drinking urban legend myth just won’t go away. Throughout generations, we’ve used this saying to explain why people get sick when they drink. Well, the Earth isn’t flat either. Your blood alcohol content (BAC) is what determines how drunk you are – no matter what type of alcohol you have nor what color. If you drink until you’re sick, you definitely should not be behind a wheel. See Myths 1-3!

Myth 5: Breath mints will fool a breathalyzer.

Seriously? No. Breath mints do not change your BAC level. Breathalyzers test for the alcohol content in your blood, not the smell of your breath. Though it’s very polite to smell nice, do not be fooled by this holiday drinking myth!

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