Here's a list of tall stories (and facts) about alcohol
Fact: People react differently to alcohol due to many physical factors, such as weight, metabolism and gender .
How Much is Too Much?
Fact: Women have less water in their bodies than men, so the alcohol concentration in their bodies will be higher after drinking—resulting in a tendency to get drunk faster. Females also metabolise or break down alcohol slower. Hormonal changes during menstrual cycles can also affect alcohol absorption .
Women and Alcohol - How Well Do They Mix
Fact: Only time will remove alcohol from the bloodstream. It takes the body about one hour to eliminate one standard alcoholic drink .
Tipsy Is Not Classy
Fact: The level of alcohol in one’s blood is what determines a person’s likelihood to get drunk. A standard drink of beer, wine, or spirits contains equivalent amounts of alcohol. It is the number of standard drinks that one consumes rather than intermixing between different beverages that is the determining factor.
Why is Binge Drinking Bad for You?
Fact: Although a full stomach will help delay the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream, alcohol will still get into your blood. And depending on the amount consumed, you can still get drunk .
Get Up, Stand Up
Fact: If a friend you’re with has had too much to drink and passes out, they should not be left alone as there is a risk of alcohol poisoning. Instead, you should keep an eye on them and check their breathing and heart rate. They should also lie down with their head to one side to prevent them from choking if they throw up .
Don’t Be a Party Pooper!
Fact: If you’re having a hangover, chances are that you are suffering from dehydration and a lack of certain minerals like magnesium and potassium in your body. Drinking more alcohol will only prolong your hangover. Instead of having the ‘hair of the dog that bit you’, replenish your fluids and minerals by drinking water, sports drinks or coconut water .
Pint of No Return
This article was last reviewed on
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
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