5 Myths About Al­co­hol

Which sur­prise you?

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MYTH #3 If your last drink was an hour ago, you’re good to drive.

MYTHBUSTER “How quickly peo­ple me­tab­o­lize al­co­hol varies,” says Scott Wal­ters, Ph.D., of the Univer­sity of North Texas Health Sci­ence Center. Women tend to clear drinks out of their sys­tems more slowly than men do, but ev­ery­thing from meds to men­strual cy­cles fac­tors in (the week be­fore your pe­riod, your blood al­co­hol level may stay el­e­vated longer). And when you’re im­paired, you may not know you’re im­paired, says Laura Veach, Ph.D., of Wake Forest Bap­tist Med­i­cal Center. “No amount of cof­fee can speed the process,” she adds—it just makes you “a more awake drunk per­son.” Wait at least an hour per drink af­ter the last one (so if you had three rosés to­tal, wait at least three hours). Or, even bet­ter: Call a Lyft.

MYTH #4 A lit­tle “hair of the dog” works as a hang­over cure.

MYTHBUSTER More than 10% of so­cial drinkers have tried hav­ing more al­co­hol to re­lieve a hang­over, ac­cord­ing to a study by re­searchers at Utrecht Univer­sity. But more al­co­hol, even the next day, only de­lays those pesky hang­over symp­toms—it doesn’t lessen them, says Wal­ters. If any­thing, the headache, nau­sea, and fa­tigue may hit harder or last longer than they would have oth­er­wise. What ac­tu­ally helps, he says, is stay­ing hy­drated, as even mild de­hy­dra­tion can mag­nify hang­over symp­toms.

MYTH #5 If you’re not an al­co­holic, you don’t have a prob­lem.

MYTHBUSTER It’s not all-or-noth­ing.

When the Na­tional In­sti­tute on Al­co­hol Abuse and Al­co­holism, a fed­eral agency for al­co­hol re­search, sur­veyed tens of thou­sands of Amer­i­cans be­tween 2002 and 2013, it found that al­co­hol use, high­risk drink­ing, and al­co­hol use dis­or­der were all on the rise. Al­co­hol use dis­or­der in­cludes some of the signs we tend to think of as al­co­holism, like want­ing to cut back on drink­ing but not be­ing able to—and it jumped 84% among women dur­ing the 11-year pe­riod. Even if you’re not black­ing out and you don’t crave al­co­hol, says Veach, it’s worth paus­ing oc­ca­sion­ally to con­sider both why you’re drink­ing and how you feel about it af­ter­ward. If drink­ing any amount leaves you feel­ing bad or is im­ped­ing any part of your life, it may be time to re­ex­am­ine your habits.

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