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MYTHS and FACTS about Alcohol

MYTH: I can sober up quickly if I have to
FACT: It can take up to 2 hours to process one drink.

MYTH: Beer doesn’t have as much alcohol as hard liquor
FACT: 12 oz. of beer = 1 shot of 80-proof liquor = 4.5 oz. glass of wine

MYTH: The more you drink, the better you feel!
FACT: Alcohol is biphasic: at low levels it produces feelings of euphoria; at high levels it produces unpleasant inebriating effects, such as vomiting, mood changes and passing out

MYTH: I can drive well enough after a few drinks
FACT: 50% of all crashes among 18-24 year olds involve alcohol.


Binge Drinking is...

  • Drinking a lot of alcohol in a short amount of time
  • Reaching a very high blood alcohol level
  • Experiencing cognitive and physical problems as a result of excessive drinking

Binge drinking isn’t just about the number of drinks consumed, but also the time frame in which it is consumed.


Signs of a Problem Drinker

  • Binge drinks
  • Drinks alone
  • Drinks often
  • Drinks to get drunk
  • Increased tolerance
  • Neglects responsibilities
  • Misses all or part of work or school because of alcohol