There have been several misconceptions that surrounds alcohol. But do we really need to be politically correct about the details? It may not really change the taste, but our decisions may sometimes be clouded by strange beliefs. So here we debunk 7 common misconceptions about alcohol.

Alcohol makes you gain weight.

Many pin the blame on the booze when they start to gain weight. In fact, they have a name for it – the beer belly.  However, alcohol is not the main culprit behind that expanding midsection. The truth of the matter is that alcohol does not make you fat.

There are two things that should be considered here, the calories in the alcohol and alcohol content in your drink.

Yes, alcohol contain calories, but you don’t pack in the pounds when hitting back shots of straight vodka. Instead, what should be taken into consideration here is how your body places metabolic priority on alcohol over anything else (e.g. fats and carbohydrates), because this is what causes the weight gain. Your system would prefer to process the alcohol before anything else. This creates a metabolic environment that is the opposite of what your body creates after a workout – one where there is high circulating levels of fat and less fat burning. Also, the sneaky calories found in your mixers can add more calories in your favorite cocktails making it a barrier to weight loss.  A four ounce of daiquiri or margarita would already contain around 35 grams of sugar, that is 7 teaspoons of simple and refined sugars.

Red wine will give you headaches because of all the sulfur it contains.

Unless you are one of the chosen few who suffers from a legitimate sulfite allergy, that throbbing headache you’re getting after a bottle of your favourite red could be nothing more than just dehydration. But what would a world be without sulfites in wine? We might miss out on several great ones as they would have to be consumed before they hit maturation. Without sulfur, we run the risk of oxidation and spoilage because it acts as a preservative. Sulfur cannot be removed out of the equation, but if you are sensitive to it, you may want to lay off the whites as they contain more sulfur than its red counterpart.

Eating a big meal before drinking can help you to stay sober

A full stomach may get you far when drinking alcohol, but this doesn’t mean that it prevents alcohol absorption into the bloodstream. This only slows down the process. The body absorbs alcohol through the stomach lining and the small intestine, so if it is full, it may take some time for the booze to give you a hit. Eating a lot doesn’t give you a free pass to go wild on the shots because eventually the alcohol levels will eventually catch up with you. As with so many things when it comes to drinking responsibly, moderation is the key.

Diet soda and alcoholic drinks together prevents you from getting drunk.

A lot of people think that mixing diet sodas with booze can prevent you from getting into that drunken stupor. Just because it is preceded with the word “diet” in its name doesn’t make it less sinful. However, the truth is that when you drink these sugary sodas your body only recognizes the sugar content as food. Your body breaks down the sugar along with the alcohol, slowing down the absorption process. However, if you order the same mixed drink, but with a diet soda, alcohol only enters your system faster!

White sugar may be among the evils in our diet, but like a double edge sword, it is necessary if you want to control your alcohol levels even with several shots.

Capping the night with some alcohol can help you sleep

Yes, alcohol may knock you out easily, but it’s the quality of sleep that would be in question here. Alcohol will cause you to spend less time in REM, or deep sleep. In effect, those who have taken some alcohol may tend to sleep lighter and wake up earlier.

You beat a hangover by drinking some more.

A lot of people erroneously believe that meeting the next day with another drink can help you get over a hangover. However, the truth is that it only prolongs it. People who are greeted with the after effects of a night of alcohol binging may feel nauseated, tired, or hungry – then there is the dreaded headache. The “hair of the dog” treatment, as they would call this practice, is only counterintuitive. Drinking more will only worsen a hangover.

Instead of chugging down another glass of booze hoping to nurse that headache, getting some sleep would be more effective. You may also increase your water intake since dehydration will only make it worse. There are also recent studies which showed that drinking pear juice or eating pears can also take you out of the blur. The fruit is said to contain anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the ill effects of too much alcohol in your system, such as expanded blood vessels in the brain which is the culprit behind your headache.

A good ole cup of joe can help cure a hangover.

Alcohol has a dehydrating effect on the body which also worsens the headache you experience during a hangover. However, as much as a steaming cup of coffee might perk you up during your better days, it won’t do well when you’re trying to get over a hangover. Coffee is another diuretic which will only do more damage than good.

Alcohol is a tricky matter. You can love it and hate it at the same time, but when you get drunk with the facts, you will know how to maneuver your way into fully enjoying it. So, hurry up and get your wine or spirit of choice here at The Standish today and enjoy your celebrations better – no misconceptions about it!

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