Experts say there are a lot of misconceptions about alcohol that could have deadly consequences. So, here are a few crucial things to know that could save your life:
Popping an aspirin while drinking won’t prevent a hangover. In fact, it’s downright dangerous. Research shows that aspirin increases the amount of alcohol that ends up in your system, which makes you get drunk quicker – and for longer. Also, mixing aspirin and alcohol can lead to gastrointestinal bleeding. And Tylenol isn’t any better – studies show that mixing alcohol and Tylenol can cause liver damage.
Drinking too much will give you a beer belly. Beer is loaded with calories – which can lead to weight gain. But a study found that whether or not it gravitates to your waistline is mostly based on genetics.
Ladies, even if you’re the same height and weight as a man – your body can’t handle the same amount of alcohol. Experts say that women have much fewer enzymes that break down alcohol in their bloodstream than men. So they get drunk faster, and stay drunk longer on the same amount of alcohol. Just remember ladies, don’t go shot for shot or drink for drink with guys!
Did you know that coffee won’t sober you up? A simulated drinking and driving study with drunk volunteers found that caffeine increased alertness and slightly improved their braking reaction time, but it didn’t totally counteract the effects of alcohol impairment. The only thing that can sober you up is time. For example, if you’re a 200-pound woman, it’ll take you an hour and a half to sober up after one drink. While a 200-pound man will be able to metabolize one drink in an hour – or 30 minutes faster than a woman of the same weight.
And, you’ve probably heard that alcohol kills brain cells. Actually, the exact opposite is true! A study of 11,000 people found that one glass of wine per day improved brain function and lowered the risk of mental decline by 20 percent. Researchers believe that alcohol boosts good cholesterol – improving blood flow to the brain. But remember – it’s only one drink per day.