Teen Alcohol Myths
Myths About Alcohol For Teens
It's time to confront some of the most
wacked-out lies about alcohol. You've probably heard them all. So, why waste our
time trying to de-bunk a bunch of harmless myths? Because they can be pretty
You may want to say no to your friends, but it's
tough. And all these myths are just out there. You have heard all kinds of
stuff, but this is the real story. And the next time some loser tries these
lines on you, you'll know your stuff.
Myth: Alcohol gives you
Nope. It's a depressant. It slows down your ability to think, speak, move and all that other stuff you like to do.
Myth: Switching between
beer, wine and liquor will make you more drunk than sticking to one type of
Whatever! Your blood alcohol content (BAC - the percent of alcohol in your blood) is what determines how drunk you are. Not the flavors you selected. Alcohol is alcohol.
Myth: You'll get drunk a lot
quicker with hard liquor than with a beer or wine cooler.
Did we mention that alcohol is alcohol?
Myth: Everybody reacts the
same to alcohol.
Not hardly. There are dozens of factors that affect reactions to alcohol - body weight, time of day, how you feel mentally, body chemistry, your expectations, and the list goes on and on.
Myth: A cold shower or a cup
of coffee will sober someone up.
Not on your life. Nothing sobers you up but time. With coffee, you're simply a wide-awake drunk!
Myth: It's just beer. It
can't permanently damage you.
Large amounts of alcohol can do major damage to your digestive system. You can hurt your heart, liver, stomach, and several other critical organs as well as losing years from your life.
Myth: It's none of my
business if a friend is drinking too much.
If you are a real friend, it is your business. You can't make someone change but you can be honest. Maybe they'll listen. You might even talk them into getting help.½
The worst thing that can happen is a raging hangover.
Sorry. If you drink enough alcohol, fast enough, you can get an amount in your body that can kill you in only a few hours.
Myth: Drugs are a bigger
problem than alcohol.
Alcohol kills 6 ½ times the number of people killed by cocaine, heroin, and every other illegal drug combined. Ten million Americans are addicted to alcohol. Alcohol is the #1 drug problem of today's youth.
Myth: Alcohol makes you more
The more you drink, the less you think. Alcohol may loosen you up and make someone more interested in sex, but it interferes with the body's ability to perform. And then there's pregnancy, AIDS, sexual assault, car crashes and worse, to worry about. Not sexy at all.