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Video:Top Myths About Drinking Alcohol

with Dr. Ingrid Mathieu

There are many myths related to drinking and sobering up. Watch this About.com video to separate the fact from fiction and learn the top myths about drinking alcohol.See Transcript

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Transcript:Top Myths About Drinking Alcohol

Hello, I am Dr. Ingrid Mathieu, I am a clinical psychologist.  And today we will be discussing the top myths about drinking alcohol for About.com.

There are several myths related to drinking alcohol and today we are going to separate the myth from reality. 

Drinking Myth #1: 

If I need to, I can sober up quickly.

Fact: If you think that taking a shower or drinking lots of coffee will help you sober up - think again. Black coffee and cold showers only produce wide-awake drunks. The only thing that will aid in your recovery is time. Depending on your weight, it takes about three hours to eliminate every two drinks from your system. 

Drinking Myth #2:

I only got drunk because I didn’t eat a very big dinner.

Here’s the fact:  Eating before you drink does not defend against getting drunk. Drinking on a full stomach will only delay the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream, it will not prevent it.

Drinking Myth #3: 

Beer before liquor, you’ve never been sicker … Liquor before beer, you are in the clear.

Fact:  This old saying is often used to explain why people get sick when they drink - but it’s your blood alcohol content determines how intoxicated you become and drinking too much of any combination of alcohol can make someone sick. 

Drinking Myth #4: 

Alcoholics are old, homeless men who drink from paper bags.

Fact:  Alcoholics are men and women, young and old. In fact, young adults comprise the largest group of alcoholics in the US. Some alcoholics drink only the finest wines and many alcoholics are able to hold down jobs, get through school, and provide for their families. Some alcoholics are quite successful, but this doesn’t mean they aren’t putting themselves and others at great risk from their drinking.

Drinking Myth #5: 

Alcohol is a stimulant and therefore makes me happy.

The fact is that alcohol is a depressant, which sedates the central nervous system rather than stimulating it.

Drinking Myth #6: 

Alcoholics drink every day.

The truth is there are many faces of alcoholism. Some alcoholics drink daily, some drink on weekends, some drink only in binges that take place sporadically. The measures of alcoholism involve not when or how often one drinks, but whether or not one can control the drinking once it begins and the persistence of drinking in adverse consequences.

This is Dr. Ingrid Mathieu and we’ve been discussing the top myths about alcoholism for About.com.  Thanks for watching.

 

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