5 Myths about Hangovers

Myth #1:  Liquor before beer, in the clear. Beer before liquor, never sicker.

It’s not about which comes first.  It’s about the overall amount of alcohol you consume —no matter what came when.  People usually believe in this myth because the more you drink, the fewer inhibitions you have toward drinking—meaning the more you drink, the more you drink.  If you start with beer (which has a lower alcohol concentration than liquor) and then switch to hard liquor, you will consume more alcohol, resulting in the greater possibility of a hangover.

Myth #2:  Coffee cures a hangover.

Not true.  Alcohol dehydrates you and coffee is a diuretic.  Add dehydration + dehydration and your hangover will be worse than over.   Replace coffee with water and sports drinks to replace the fluids and electrolytes the alcohol drains from your system.

Myth #3:  Eating after drinking and before bed will absorb the alcohol in your bloodstream and decrease the odds of having a hangover.

Not today and not tomorrow.  Easting is only helpful if you do it BEFORE you drink.

Myth #4:  If a man and a woman who are the same weight consume the same number of drinks, they have the same chances of getting a hangover.

Nope.  Men have more water in their bodies, which dilutes the alcohol.  Plus, they have larger amounts of an enzyme that metabolizes alcohol.  In other words, men can often (but not always) drink more than women without a hangover.

Myth #5:  A Bloody Mary the “Morning After” Cures a Hangover
Not true.  A Bloody Mary may delay a hangover, but it won’t prevent it.  Hangovers result when your blood-alcohol levels start falling.  Adding more alcohol to your system may delay a hangover, but it won’t prevent it.

At the end of the day, pay attention to what you are drinking and how much of it you have consumed.  If you find yourself stopped by the police under the suspicion of driving while drunk call The Law Office of Michael Bruckheim at (240) 753-8222.


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