5 Myths About Drinking Alcohol – Busted!
Alcohol is a huge aspect of the society.
It’s literally all over the place.
Alcohol usage is extremely institutionalised, from tailgating activities and frat parties in college to elegant business.
In fact, if you don’t drink, you appear like an outcast.
Because drinking is seen as a regular part of adult life, many people who do drink do not take it seriously.
This is due in part to the amount of misinformation about alcohol that exists.
Of course, you can rationalise and justify your problematic drinking behaviour when you receive a regular stream of information telling you it’s normal or okay.
Today, we’ll address five prevalent misunderstandings about alcohol consumption.
We’ll discuss about things that we’re told are typical and okay but are anything but myth.
Myth #1: Different varieties of booze are superior to others.
There is a widespread misconception that certain types of alcohol are superior to others. Sobriety declarations are sometimes received with “you don’t drink? “Not even wine,” you say?
No, not even wine, because wine contains alcohol!
Some individuals believe that dark liquor is the work of the devil because it makes them angry, whereas clear liquor gives them a pleasant vibe. Others argue that dark liquor is healthier than light because it contains more antioxidants. Others argue that beer is softer or lighter than hard liquor, making it better at preventing hangovers or “not as unpleasant.”
While some of this may be correct… It’s simply a speck in the grand scheme of things. If you’re going to tell the narrative, you have to tell it all.
Here’s the truth:
Dark liquor makes me angry: One possibility is that this is a placebo effect. According to this study, if you expect black liquor to make you angry, it will most likely do so.
Dark liquor is better for you than light: While dark liquor has more antioxidants than light liquor, it also contains congeners, which are harmful compounds that worsen hangovers. Try tea instead of tequila for an antioxidant-rich beverage.
Beer and wine are more delicate than hard liquor: It all comes down to the amount and quality of alcohol. Yes, beer and wine contain less alcohol than a typical shot of vodka or whiskey, but if you drink many beers or glasses (or bottles) of wine, you’re not doing yourself any favours.
By the time you’re making excuses for the beverage’s various degrees of horribleness, you’ve gone beyond the point where it’s unhealthy. Let’s be real.
Myth #2: Nobody can tell if you’ve been drinking
If you’ve ever gone on a bender or had a long, liquor-filled weekend and made it to work on Monday morning, you might have imagined no one would notice. You awoke, showered, brushed your teeth thoroughly, put on some lipstick, drank some coffee, and pulled yourself together convincingly – or so you thought.
Let me tell you how overwhelming the odour of alcohol is to individuals who do not drink. Someone knows if you drank even modestly in the last 12 hours or so. You’re not deceiving anyone. Nobody, not even you.
Myth #3 about alcohol: Everyone drinks.
According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 86.4% of US adults have consumed alcohol at some point in their lives.
This, combined with the overpowering urge to make reasons for not drinking, may lead you to assume that everyone drinks. Understandable.
However, according to the same research, just 70% reported drinking in the previous year, and 56% in the previous month. A little more than half. So, while the majority of people have drunk at some point in their lives, the number of people who drink on a regular basis is substantially lower. The majority of folks do not drink very much. It is not as frequent as it appears.
Myth #4: Blackouts are typical.
Last Friday Night, her 2010 big hit, features the singer exclaiming, “It’s a blacked out blur, but I’m fairly sure it dominated, Damn.”
Yes, it’s simply a silly song about a wild and free Friday night, but it reflects the typical attitude toward alcohol-induced blackouts.
Passing out and blackouts are frequently mistaken. To be more specific, passing out occurs when you drink too much and fall asleep. When you black out, you are awake, moving about, talking, and doing things, but none of these activities are remembered. One of the risks of blacking out is that others may not notice you aren’t actually “there” because you appear alert.
Though relatively common (one research found that half of college students surveyed had experienced a blackout at some point), a blackout is more than just a forgetful stage of inebriation on your way from sober to shitfaced.
Among the health hazards associated with blackouts are (but are not limited to):
- Getting into conflicts and squabbles
- Sexual consent’s blurred edges
- Engaging in dangerous behaviour (like drinking even more or doing additional drugs)
- Getting into accidents or other potentially hazardous situations (robbery, assault)
Myth #5: Moderate consumption makes you healthy.
We’ve all heard this before, and it certainly comes in handy for people who can’t bear the notion of giving up wine and cheese. However, recent guidelines have proved that, contrary to common opinion, no amount of alcohol is safe when it comes to cancer.
Obviously, the more you drink, the greater your danger. However, it was previously assumed that moderate or little doses of alcohol conferred health benefits. Any advantage is now known to be void. Alcohol is a carcinogen, and even moderate drinking causes cancer.
Alcohol is a cunning beast. It can be a delightful complement to social gatherings, meals, and outings when used safely. However, in many circumstances, the risks outweigh the potential benefits.
You must decide how much risk you are willing to take on and for what purpose.
Set your priorities, keep educated, and the only influence you’ll have is the one you choose.