Center for Alcohol and Related Issues Education


Myths About Alcohol

  1. Alcohol improves my sexual performance
    : Although you may think that drinking makes you better in bed, physiologically alcohol reduces your performance.

  2. I can drink and still be in control
    Fact: Drinking impairs your judgment, which increases the likelihood that you will do something you'll later regret such as having unprotected sex, being involved in date rape, damaging property, or being victimized by others.

  3. Drinking isn't all that dangerous
    Fact: 1 in 3 18-24 year olds admitted to emergency rooms for serious injuries are intoxicated.  And alcohol is also associated with homicides, suicides and drownings.

  4. I can sober up quickly if I have to
    Fact: It takes about 3 hours to eliminate the alcohol content of 2 drinks, depending on your weight.  Nothing can speed up this process--not even coffee or cold showers.

  5. It's okay to drink to keep up with my boyfriend
    : Women process alcohol differently.  No matter how much he drinks, if you drink the same amount as your boyfriend, you will be more intoxicated and more impaired.

  6. There is no point in postponing drinking until I'm over 21
    Fact: Research shows that the longer you postpone drinking, the less likely you are to ever experience alcohol-related problems.

  7. I can manage to drive well enough after a few drinks
    : About 1/2 of all fatal traffic crashes among 18-24 year olds involve alcohol.  Impairment is related to blood alcohol concentration (BAC).  
            .02 can slow reaction time and make it difficult to do 2 things simultaneously
            .03 it can significantly impair your steering
            .04 it becomes difficult to respond to street signs, traffic signals and pedestrians        
            .05 driving is noticeably erratic, especially to police

  8. I'd be better off if I learn to "hold my liquor"
    : If you have to drink increasingly larger amounts of alcohol to get a "buzz" or get "high", you are developing tolerance. This increases your vulnerability to serious problems including alcoholism.

  9. I have to drink to fit in
    Fact: Your peers don't drink as much as you think they do. A survey of more than 44,000 college students shows that most students drink little or no alcohol on a weekly basis.

  10. Beer doesn't have as much alcohol as hard liquor
    : A 12 oz bottle of beer has the same amount of alcohol as a standard shot of 80 proof liquor (either straight or in a mixed drink) or 5 oz. of wine.

    Information provided by:  National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism
                                                 National Institutes of Health
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