Blame It On The Al­co­hol

The Jäger­meis­ter isn’t re­ally at fault.

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Tequila Makes Me Crazy

Many peo­ple be­lieve that dif­fer­ent in­tox­i­cants have dif­fer­ent ef­fects on them, so if you’re al­ways eye­ing that bot­tle of Pa­trón with great dis­trust, the good news is you’re not alone. But science says it’s not true that tequila turns you into your bar­top-danc­ing evil twin, while vodka pre­serves your la­dy­like in­tegrity – all the ex­perts sur­veyed by The At­lantic stated that the be­lief is “sim­ply wrong: ethanol is ethanol, and what­ever spirit you con­sume, it’s the ethanol that af­fects you.” What does mat­ter is how much you drink and how fast: tequila tends to be downed as shots, while whisky is sipped slowly – ta-da! Tequila gets a rep­u­ta­tion. Don’t dis­count the psy­cho­log­i­cal fac­tor ei­ther – if you’re con­vinced Jäger­bombs are the devil then you’re most likely men­tally prep­ping your­self for a crazy night when you down some.

It’s Good To Go To The Loo When You Drink

You may think you’re “f lush­ing” your sys­tem with fre­quent trips to the bath­room dur­ing your drink­ing sesh, but that’s re­ally not what’s hap­pen­ing. Al­co­hol is a di­uretic, mean­ing it pro­motes the pro­duc­tion of urine, but what you’re pass­ing is wa­ter, not al­co­hol. Ul­ti­mately, the al­co­hol con­tent of your mul­ti­ple cock­tails is still there, swill­ing around in your blood­stream like a bad guest who out­stays his wel­come. Be­cause you’re pee­ing more fre­quently, you’re also more de­hy­drated, which sim­ply means a worse hang­over the next morn­ing.

Mix­ing Spir­its Makes You Drunker

Ac­cord­ing to science, this one’s a hazy maybe. There’s no re­search to strongly sup­port the widely held be­lief that you can’t mix grain with grape, be­cause when it comes down to it, “fun­da­men­tally, al­co­hol is al­co­hol which­ever way you slice it,” says Dr Paul Clay­ton, from the Bri­tish Royal So­ci­ety of Medicine. What may be a fac­tor, how­ever, are bi­o­log­i­cally ac­tive com­pounds known as con­geners, which dif­fer­ent al­co­holic bev­er­ages carry in vary­ing amounts. Gen­er­ally speak­ing, the darker the drink, the more con­geners it has. Apart from con­tribut­ing to the taste, smell, and ap­pear­ance of

a spirit, con­geners may also be the cause of hang­overs – in a study con­ducted by Brown Univer­sity, vol­un­teers who drank con­gener-high bour­bon re­ported far more hang­over symp­toms than those who drank vodka. How­ever, Pro­fes­sor Da­maris Rohsenow, who led the re­search at Brown Univer­sity in Rhode Is­land, added that: “While peo­ple felt worse, they didn’t per­form worse [in a con­cen­tra­tion task] af­ter bour­bon than af­ter vodka.” The les­son? You might feel marginally bet­ter from a night of light-coloured spir­its, but that still doesn’t mean you’ll ace your test the next morn­ing.

Drink­ing Hard Liquors Is Bet­ter For My Waist­line

It’s called a beer belly. Ergo, as long as I avoid beer, I’m good. Sadly, that’s not quite true. Yes, beer has a higher caloric and carb con­tent than ei­ther spir­its or wine, but that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear just be­cause you turned down a glass of the frothy stuff. Mix­ers can con­trib­ute to that muf­fin top just as much as beer – re­mem­ber, con­cen­trated juice is ba­si­cally sugar wa­ter. But even if you sub­sti­tute the sweet stuff for some­thing like club soda, you’re not get­ting away scot free – one stan­dard unit of spir­its (30ml) has 60 calo­ries, while the same amount of liqueurs (like Bai­ley’s or Jäger­meis­ter) can have 100 to 120 calo­ries.

Drink­ing Trains My Liver

We all know some­one who used to get drunk at the drop of the hat, but now, their tol­er­ance is crazy high! So what hap­pened? Did their bod­ies learn how to han­dle al­co­hol? Well, kinda but not re­ally. “Tol­er­ance that re­sults from a more rapid elim­i­na­tion of al­co­hol from the body is called meta­bolic tol­er­ance,” writes the U.S. Na­tional In­sti­tute of Health. Chronic drink­ing ac­ti­vates a par­tic­u­lar group of en­zymes in the liver that help to elim­i­nate al­co­hol faster, which is why reg­u­lar drink­ing makes it more dif­fi­cult to get a buzz on. How­ever, it would be danger­ous to as­sume that this means your liver is get­ting stronger – in fact, pretty much the op­po­site is true. Al­co­hol im­pairs healthy liver func­tion and de­grades the liver’s abil­ity to break down fat, lead­ing to dis­eases such as fatty liver and liver fail­ure – none of those things make for a good party.

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