BAC and Alcohol Consumption: The Myths and Facts
Whether you just turned 21 or not, chances are you’ve heard a few things about alcohol consumption that you may still believe. Whether you knew the facts or had suspected the truth, the attorneys at Lerner and Rowe Law Group have a BAC calculator that can help you today.
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Myth -A nightcap will help you sleep.
Fact- A drink before bedtime can feel like you will have an easier time falling asleep, however alcohol sleep isn’t restful. According to a 2013 study, alcohol typically disrupts sleep during REM sleep, one of the most important stages of your sleep patterns.
Myth- Those hangover prevention drinks will stop your headache and hangover.
Fact- There is no scientific evidence to support the claim that products marketed as the cure to all hangovers, no matter how many vitamins they’re packed with.
Myth-A greasy breakfast the morning after will get you back to normal.
Fact- Most partiers have their own hangover-busting meal of choice. The more important choice to consider is what you eat before or during drinking is more important. There’s no research to support any benefits of any post-party breakfast.
Myth- Staying sober is easier if you eat a lot beforehand.
Fact- Food only delays the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream. A full stomach won’t keep you from getting drunk.
Myth- A drunk person should be put to bed to ‘sleep it off.’
Fact- A drunk person is helpless and must be cared for. Passing out from drinking too much means the drinker is unconscious and has consumed too much alcohol.
The person who has passed out is suffering from alcohol poisoning and needs medical attention. Call 911 and get immediate help.
NEVER LEAVE AN INTOXICATED PERSON ALONE!
Stay with the person, check their breathing, check their skin temperature, and frequently try to wake them.
Lerner and Rowe Law Group does not advocate drinking and driving. Please stay safe. Spend the night where you are. If you can’t, call a taxi, or use a ridesharing app, like Uber or Lyft to get home safely.
Myth- I can sober up quickly if I must.
Fact- An adult body can only eliminate the alcohol content of a single drink in roughly 2 hours, depending on your weight. Nothing speeds up this process, not coffee, energy drinks or cold showers.
Myth- Men and women can drink the same amounts and be equally as inebriated
Fact- Unfortunately, women are built differently than men and that means that they do not process alcohol at the same rates. As you can see with the BAC calculator, it makes a drastic difference.
Myth- Beer isn’t as strong as hard liquor.
Fact- A 12-ounce bottle of beer is equal to a standard (1 oz) shot of 80-proof liquor or 6-8 ounces of wine.
Myth- I can handle my liquor.
Fact- If you feel that you must drink increasingly more alcohol to get a buzz or drunk, you may be developing a tolerance to alcohol. Tolerance can be considered a warning sign that you’re developing more serious problems with alcohol.
Myth-: “Beer before liquor, never been sicker. Liquor before beer in the clear.”
Fact- Chances are, the wicked hangover happens because of the total amount of alcohol consumed, not the order in which you drank it. Several studies have proven this.
Myth- Alcohol makes it easier for people to socialize.
Fact- Alcohol in small quantities help people to feel more relaxed and sociable. Unfortunately, alcohol is also a ‘downer’. Drinking too much alcohol can make people sleepy or over stimulated and want to withdraw from the social situation. One other thing to consider: drinking too much alcohol can create aggressive thoughts, which doesn’t help make friends.
Myth- Alcohol is not a drug.
Fact- Alcohol may be legal, but it is still considered a drug. Alcohol is considered a depressant, meaning it has similar effects on the human body as sleeping pills and other sedatives. It slows down the central nervous system and is one of the leading causes of death in the US.
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