How well do you know your poison?
Most people think they know their poison well. I disagree. There is so much BS out there that prolonged exposure to it has slowly made us believe them. That’s like saying unicorns exist, unicorns exist, unicorns exist, unicorns exist, unicorns exist, until you really start believing that they do (some news channels may go as far as to say that the Jersey cows are all undercover unicorns plotting against the government). Anyhoo, back to real world problems – no matter how long you’ve been drinking, or how many drinks you can handle, you are going to get at least a few of these wrong. Ready for a round of true or false? Good luck
- Men have a better tolerance to alcohol than women. True. In general, men can drink more without getting intoxicated, in comparison to women, because they weigh more and are built bigger, reducing the alcohol concentration in the blood stream. Other studies also state how a man’s body contains more water, pound to pound, with respect to a woman.
- Coffee is the perfect hangover cure. False. Coffee isn’t even a cure at all. Once alcohol hits the system, nothing can be done to cancel out its effects, and the rate at which the liver processes it. Be it coffee, green tea, lemonade, or a cold shower – none of these will help. Coffee can actually be dangerous, because it may give the person an impression of being sober and feeling quite okay to drive, while the caffeine kick may soon wear off, and you may be even more drunk by then.
- Eating beforehand lets you drink more without getting drunk or sick. True. Alcohol mixed with food takes longer to be broken down, processed, and absorbed by the system. Plus, a full stomach gives out less ‘more’ signals, thus making the person drink lesser than usual.
- One drink doesn’t do any harm. False. Scientists have proven that any amount of alcohol, even the tiniest drink, will influence your performance behind the wheels. I’m not necessarily saying that one drink is life-threatening, but how dangerous driving will be, will depend on how intoxicated you are. But as a rule, no more than 1 drink if you’re driving, please.
- Dark beer has more alcohol content than the lighter varieties. False. The colour has little to do with the alcohol content, and more to do with the malt and other ingredients used in brewing. Most beer contains 4-7 per cent alcohol, and some dark beer varieties like Guinness have alcohol percentage that is on the lower end of the scale.
- Hard liquor is obviously more intoxicating. Nah uh. A big false there. Be it wine, beer, or distilled liquor, they all contain the same kind of alcohol – ethanol. It’s just that the alcohol content varies, and so, a pint of beer makes you feel fuller than a standard amount of whiskey. To put it easily, if you drink the standard amounts of any liquor, it will get you equally intoxicated. A standard amount means 12 ounces of beer, 8 ounces of wine, and a shot of hard liquor, all of which have exactly 10 grams of alcohol.
- Have a hangover? Sleep it off. Oh no, do not. False. Our body continues to absorb alcohol even after we’ve passed out, and this can lead to fatal overdoses, and instances where people choke on their own vomit and die. And if someone has seizures because of high alcohol blood levels, you would be unable to wake them up.
- Alcoholism runs in families. True. If you have a family history of alcohol or drug abuse, you have a high risk of going down the same road. Scientists aren’t sure why, and they only seem to have experimental evidence on this issue so far. Before you brag about your capacity next time, remember that a high tolerance means that you’re at a higher risk of alcoholism, because such people end up drinking more than people with low tolerance, so as to feel equally drunk.