Fact or Fiction

Red Wine is healthy for you- Red wine in moderation has been shown to be beneficial to your health. The alcohol and certain substances in red wine called antioxidants may help prevent coronary artery disease, the condition that leads to heart attacks.

While the news about red wine might sound great if you enjoy a glass of red wine with your evening meal, doctors are wary of encouraging anyone to start drinking alcohol, especially if you have a family history of alcohol abuse. Too much alcohol can have many harmful effects on your body.

Drinking coffee will help sober you up – The only way to rid the body of the effects of alcohol is to allow the body’s natural processes to break it down and remove it from the body. Caffeine is a stimulant which would make someone more awake but just as impaired. Caffeine can give a false sense of confidence that they are not impaired; which could lead to a riskier and dangerous situation.

Beer before liquor, never been sicker- the thought process here is consuming beer before hard alcohol will cause increased nausea and heightened hangover symptoms. In reality, it is the total amount of alcohol you consumed, not the order in which you consumed it that will cause sickness.

Greasy fattening foods will alleviate a hangover- As we learned what you eat is just as important as how much and when you last ate when it comes to alcohol consumption. If you eat before you drink or while you drink, the effect of the food is to decrease the rate of absorption of alcohol into the body and you will not get as high of a blood alcohol concentration.

Alcohol will warm you up – Alcohol dilates the blood vessels. As a result, alcohol may give the sensation of temporary warmth by sending more blood rushing to the skin’s surface.

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