Alcohol has been around for an incredibly long time; traces of wine have been found dating back more than a thousand years. Naturally, when something is that old there are many myths surrounding it that have made their way from generation to generation. That’s why we’re taking the time today to shine some light on five of the most common alcohol-related myths that we’ve heard over the years.

Beer Before Liquor, Never Been Sicker
Many people have heard the popular college mantra: Beer before liquor, never been sicker. Liquor before beer, you’re in the clear. Is there any truth to that? In short, no. The logic behind the sentiment essentially implies that it’s easier for your body to process less-alcoholic beverages later in the evening. The reality is that your bodies response to alcohol is based on the total amount of alcohol consumed, not the order in which it was taken. If you drink enough, you will get sick—end of mantra.

Dark Beer Has More Alcohol Than Light Beer
A surprising amount of people seem to believe that darker beers contain more alcohol than a beer that is lighter in color. The truth is that the color of beer has little to do with the alcoholic content of the beverage. The color of beer is mostly determined by the amount of malt and ingredients used during the brewing process. Always take the time to find the ABV of your beer before consuming, don’t assume the alcoholic content based on color.

The Alcohol In Liquor Is Stronger Than The Alcohol In Beer
The logic of this myth is easy enough to follow: when I drink liquor I get more drunk than when I drink beer. Unfortunately, the conclusion that the alcohol in liquor is stronger than the alcohol in beer is incorrect. All types of alcoholic beverages, whether that be wine, beer or liquor, contain the same kind of alcohol: ethanol. The difference between the types of drink are the concentrations of ethanol within. That’s why the serving sizes for wine, beer and liquor are all different.

Technically one serving of beer is 12 oz, a single serving of wine is 8 oz and a serving of liquor is 1.5 oz. Each of those drinks contains half an ounce of ethanol.

If Someone Passes Out From Drinking You Should Let Them Sleep It Off
The myth that suggests leaving a person who passed out from drinking to sleep it off is actually a rather dangerous one. The truth is that the human body is capable of absorbing alcohol even after you have gone to sleep. That means that you can overdose of alcohol in your sleep. If you think someone has had too much to drink it’s important to stay with them and make sure they don’t aspirate on their own vomit. If it becomes clear that someone is suffering from alcohol poisoning they should be brought to an emergency medical facility right away.

Coffee Can Sober You Up
This is a bit tricky because technically, no, coffee will not sober you up, but it will help you feel more sober. Once alcohol is in the bloodstream there’s no real way to speed up the rate at which the liver processes it. Coffee can help you feel a bit more sober, but it does not actually make you more sober. That means that having a cup of coffee does not suddenly make you able to drive. Though it can help lessen your hangover symptoms.

Alcohol can be a great time, but it can also be incredibly dangerous which is why it’s important to take the time to educate yourself on the reality of the beverage. For days where you did imbibe too much, remember to drink a lot of water and keep a packet of Intelligent Drinking’s Primer product handy. Visit www.intelligentdrinking.com to learn more.

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