- Myth: Even moderate alcohol drinking destroys brain cells. FALSE
- Fact: The moderate consumption of alcohol does not destroy brain cells. In fact it is often associated with improved cognitive (mental) functioning.
- Myth: White wine is a good choice for a person who wants a light drink with less alcohol. FALSE
- Fact: A glass of white or red wine, a bottle of beer, and a shot of whiskey or other distilled spirits all contain equivalent amounts of alcohol and are the same to a Breathalyzer. A standard drink is: a 12-ounce bottle or can of regular beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine, or a one and 1/2 ounce of 80 proof distilled spirits (either straight or in a mixed drink).
- Myth: drinking too much beer causes a “beer belly”. FALSE
- Fact: eating too much food causes a “beer belly”. No beer or other alcohol beverage is necessary.
- Myth: Drinking coffee will help a drunken person sober up. FALSE
- Fact: Only time can sober up a person…not black coffee, cold showers, exercise, or any other common “cures.” Alcohol leaves the body of virtually everyone at a constant rate of about .015 percent of blood alcohol content (BAC) per hour.
- Myth: Drinking long enough will cause a person to become alcoholic. FALSE
- Fact: There is simply no scientific basis for this misperception, which appears to have its origin in temperance and prohibitionist ideology.
- Myth: Drinking alcohol causes weight gain. FALSE
- Fact: This is a very commonly believed myth, even among medical professionals, because alcohol has caloric value. However, extensive research around the world has found alcohol consumption does not cause weight gain in men and is often associated with a small weight loss in women.
- Myth: Alcohol stunts the growth of children and retards their development. FALSE
- Fact: Scientific medical research does not support this old temperance scare tactic promoted by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union and similar groups.
- Myth: Men and women of the same height and weight can drink the same. FALSE
- Fact: Women are affected more rapidly because they tend to have a slightly higher proportion of fat to lean muscle tissue, thus concentrating alcohol a little more easily in their lower percentage of body water.
- Myth: A single sip of alcohol by a pregnant woman can cause her child to have fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). FALSE
- Fact: Extensive medical research studying hundreds of thousands of women from around the world fails to find scientific evidence that light drinking; much less a sip of alcohol by an expectant mother can cause fetal alcohol syndrome.
- Myth: Bottles of tequila contain a worm. FALSE
- Fact: There is no worm in tequila. It’s in mescal, a spirit beverage distilled from a different plant. And it’s not actually a worm, but a butterfly caterpillar.
- Myth: Drunkenness and alcoholism is the same thing. FALSE
- Fact: Many non-alcoholics on occasion become intoxicated or drunk. However, if they are not addicted to alcohol, they are not alcoholic.
- Myth: Alcohol is the cause of alcoholism. FALSE
- Fact: Alcohol no more causes alcoholism than sugar causes diabetes. If alcohol caused alcoholism then all drinkers would be alcoholics.
- Myth: Eating breath mints will fool a police ‘breath test’. FALSE
- Fact: breath mints do not fool the breath test. Blood alcohol measurement devices measure the alcohol content of the air in your lungs – breath mints will not change the alcohol content.
- Myth: Mixing or switching alcohol, wine and beer will make you more drunk. FALSE
- Fact: Mixing alcohol will no t make you any drunker but it can result in side effects such as upset stomach.
- Myth: Eating certain foods before an evening of heavy drinking will help keep me sober. FALSE
- Fact: Certain foods may slow down the rate of absorption of alcohol into your blood but it will not keep you sober.
- Myth: Taking a cold shower or splashing water in my face will sober me up? FALSE
- Fact: No, it won’t. While it might make you feel fresher or more awake, it has no effect on your blood alcohol content.
- Myth: Physical activity will sober me up. FALSE
- Fact: Exercise, because it speeds up your heart rate, may have a marginal affect to sober you up. However, this affect is so marginal that it’s almost negligible in the grand scheme of things.
- Myth: If you can’t taste the alcohol in a drink, it’s not there. FALSE
- Fact: Some mixers, such as fruit juices, can mask the taste of alcohol but the alcohol is still there.
- Myth: Vodka cannot be smelled on your breath. FALSE
- Fact: All alcohol leaves a destintive odor on a person’s breath and emits a destintive odor from the pores.
- Myth: You can spot an alcoholic in a crowd. FALSE
- Fact: Alcoholics come from all walks of life and it is not possible to pick one out in a crowd and the stereotype street bum is only a small percentage of the alcoholics.
“These Myths and Facts were primarily derived from the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Statistics, National Household Survey on Drug Abuse. Washington, DC, of 2000 as well as 27 other noted sources.”
Total people that answered quiz: 24
Total Women to answer: 14
Total Men to answer: 10
Only two people (women) had perfect scores.
18 people thought question 7 was true.
15 people thought question 1 was true.
11 people thought questions 5 & 6 were true.
10 people thought question 10 was true.
9 people thought question 3 was true.
8 people thought question 12 was true.
7 people thought question 4 was true.
6 people thought questions 8, 9, & 17 were true.
5 people thought questions 14 & 19 were true.
4 people thought questions 2, 11, 15, & 16 were true.
3 people thought question 18 was true.
2 people thought questions 13 & 20 were true.
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