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Infographic: 10 Alcohol Facts and Myths


We’ve posted previously about alcohol myths you should ignore, but thought that with the upcoming Christmas holidays, it’d be a good ‘refresher course’ to post about alcohol facts and myths again – and this time, there’s 10 in a cute infographic.



We’ve probably heard them before, and some of them we know are myths, while others we may not be too sure.

Here’s a recap of the infographic, retold as alcohol facts:

You can’t sweat off a hangover. A tiny bit of alcohol may be sweated out of your body over time, but it won’t sober you up or cure you of a hangover.

The little saying “Beer before liquor, you’ll never be sicker; Liquor before beer, you’re in the clear” is also a myth. It’s about how much you drink, not what or in what order. It’s important to count how much you drink by the number of standard drinks you have, not the number of servings.

According to the infographic, booze also does not warm you up! It actually dehydrates you, lowers your body temperature, and increases your chance of hypothermia.

Sucking on a penny does not help you beat a breathalyser test. I think we should all know that already. Plus, it’s pretty gross.

Taking a cold shower or drinking a cup of coffee will not sober you up – at all. What sobers you up is only time.

You should never mix alcohol with caffeine, such as energy drinks. Alcohol is a depressant while caffeine is a stimulant. They counteract each other, placing a strain on your body’s vital functions, which could result in an overdose, coma, or even death.

Drinking a glass of water between drinks will not keep you from getting drunk, though it does help hydrate you better. It can also help you pace your drinking and drink less over the course of a night, but it won’t stop you from getting drunk if you drink a lot. Remember, the more standard drinks you drink, the more drunk you will get.

Drinking milk before alcohol won’t stop you from vomiting after drinking. The amount of alcohol you’ll find in your after-drinks vomit is very little. All the alcohol would’ve gone through your body already from the hours before.

Vomiting is definitely not a good way to sober up and prevent a hangover. So even if you throw up, you’re still gonna hurt and have a hangover the next day.

Darker alcohol types are healthier for you. This is quite a researched topic and there are some mixed messages. According to the infographic though, darker brews may contain more antioxidants (and may be healthier this way) but they also contain more chemicals that are bad for you.

Vivien Mah

Vivien is a Marketing specialist with over 7 years of experience in the health and safety industry. After graduating in psychology and communications, she grew to love educating readers and unraveling complexities behind difficult topics through extensive research. Apart from sharing her love for infographics, she also posts regularly on new products, announcements, media mentions and the latest news.