What's Really Causing Your Hangover?
Whether you're celebrating a birthday, graduation, anniversary, family reunion or whatever you deem drink worthy. People all over are nursing hangovers. Maybe you're one of them. You may think you're more hung over because you switched from beer to liquor, but you're wrong. You may think that drinking a coffee will make things better. Wrong again. There are a lot of alcohol-related myths out there, but we have sorted the fact from the fiction. Here are five alcohol myths that just aren't true:
"Beer before liquor, never been sicker"
The order in which you drink your drinks doesn't matter. If you start with beer then start drinking hard liquor, you'll get a hangover if you drink too much. If you drink beer all night, you'll get a hangover if you drink too much. Beer, the root of all good and evil. "If you knock back the same alcohol content by chugging brewskies as you would switching between beer and liquor, you'll be at risk for the same aftereffects: dehydration, memory loss, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound - in other words, a hangover
" Drinking beer gives you a beer belly"
If you notice some extra kilos around your mid-section, don't single out beer as the cause. Alcohol has a lot of calories, and your "beer belly" is also the result of wine, vodka and any other drinks you've been knocking back.
Davis Charles Bamforth, professor of food science and technology at the University of California, told Popular Science
: "The beer belly is a complete myth. The main source of calories in any alcoholic beverage is alcohol...There's nothing magical about the alcohol in beer, it's just alcohol."
" Drinking coffee will sober you up."
There is one way to sober up - your body has to metabolize the alcohol you've consumed. Caffeine doesn't speed up that process. Coffee wont help you now. Don't do it. "Coffee does not help you get sober. If you're plastered, you're going to have to wait several hours for the alcohol to leave your system on its own. Drinking coffee wont make your body metabolize alcohol faster,"
Alcohol kills brain cells
Hangovers often come with a nasty headache. But don't let anyone tell you it's because of all the brain cells your heavy drinking just killed. Dr. Roberta J. Pentney, a former researcher at the State University of New York at Buffalo, found that alcohol disrupts the way your brain works but doesn't destroy cells. "Alcohol disrupts brain function in adults by damaging m