More Booze Myths Busted

on 24/01/14 at 10:57 am

Booze News

indexThink you can avoid a hangover this long weekend by using a few old tricks? Think again.

While the statistics suggest that we’re drinking a little less than we used to, average out the figures and they still equate to each Australian over the age of 15 drinking more than 10 litres of pure alcohol every year.

Beer is our preferred tipple, followed by wine, spirits, pre-mixed drinks and cider, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

January and the holiday season is often a time when we indulge in more booze than usual. But when you’re deciding whether to have one more for the road, keep these myths in mind. You might avoid a hangover or worse.

Myth: Eating something will soak up the booze

While food does slow down the absorption, once the alcohol enters your bloodstream it will remain in your body until it’s processed. However, eating can slow down drinking and thereby reduce the amount of alcohol you have at each sitting.

“No amount of food will stop a hangover if you drink too much,” Sondra Davoren, of the Alcohol Policy Coalition, says.

“But you’re likely to not drink as much if you’re eating.”

The downside? We make less healthy food choices when we drink, and that kebab or late-night pizza could end up causing indigestion, sleeplessness and contribute to weight gain.

Myth: If I have a coffee or an energy drink, I’ll feel fine

Coffee or caffeinated energy drinks may help you feel more awake after a big night but they don’t lessen the effects of alcohol.

“Coffee and energy drinks don’t help process the alcohol and they just add another toxin to your body,” Davoren says. “Your body is already focused on removing the alcohol and it tries to process it first because it recognises it as a toxin. Coffee and energy drinks make your body work harder.”

Alcohol is a diuretic and so is caffeine. The liver processes alcohol and uses water in the body to flush out toxins. But that diverts fluid away from major organs, including your brain, which is one reason why you get a headache when you drink too much.

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