5 Myths and Realities Regarding Alcohol

5 Myths and Realities Regarding Alcohol

There is no doubt that Californians enjoy drinking an adult beverage, now and then. Whether you are in Rocklin, Roseville, or beyond, there is a good chance that you drink alcohol, wine, or spirits at some time or another. If so, you may be surprised to learn the truth regarding some of the alcohol tales you have heard. Here are 5 myths and realities to keep mind regarding alcohol:

  1. Drink some coffee to sober up. Many people believe that there are things they can do to quickly “sober up,” such as drinking coffee or taking a cold shower. Actually, none of these will work. It all comes down to such factors as how much you have been drinking, what you were drinking, and how much time has passed since you stopped. Many people who have been drinking think they can use one of these ‘quick sober’ tactics and then drive home, only to end up getting pulled over for driving under the influence (DUI).
  2. “I drive better after drinking.” This is a myth that a lot of people embrace. The truth id, alcohol impairs your reaction time and judgment, making it difficult for anyone to drive better. In 2010, 1.4 million people in the U.S. were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. They weren’t arrested because they had become better drivers under the influence.
  3. Sleeping it off will help. This is a reality, one that will help people get through the pain of a hangover. If possible, stay in bed longer that next morning and let your body recover from a night of drinking too much. There is a good chance that you stayed up late drinking, adding tiredness to the effects of alcohol.
  4. Drink more to help with a hangover. Another myth that some believe is that drinking more alcohol will help you get over a hangover. By drinking more the next day, you will just be adding to the toxicity already there. Your body is likely dehydrated, so you should be reaching instead for water or sports drinks to help replenish your system.
  5. Grab some pain reliever. Your first thought may be to reach for an over-the-counter pain reliever to get rid of your headache. However, it’s a myth that just any will do. You will want to avoid taking acetaminophen, which is found in many pain killers. Why? Because, mixed with alcohol, it can be toxic to the liver.

Drinking alcohol is something that most of adults enjoy at times, and we are likely to continue doing so. But keeping these tips in mind may help you avoid a DUI, as well as helping you through the hangover that you experience the next day!


The Law Offices of Terry L. Gilbeau provides personalized counsel to clients in a variety of business and personal matters, including creditors’ rights, debt collection, products liability and international transaction issues. His office is located in Rocklin, CA, just outside of Sacramento, CA, near Roseville, Lincoln, Auburn, in Placer County and can be reached at (916-626-5539) or email Terry at tgilbeau@gilbeaulaw.com. Click here for the firm website http://www.gilbeaulaw.com/

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