“I would not put a thief in my mouth to steal my brains.” ― William Shakespeare, Othello
The “thief” William Shakespeare referring to was alcohol. While it is a dialogue borrowed from his creation ‘Othello’, it clearly defines the effect that alcohol has on brain. Intake of alcohol, especially in excess, slows down the activities of the brain. As a result, the user not only experiences diminished control over body movements, dimmed vision and late reflex and hangovers, but he/she also suffers from loss of memory.
Physical and mental hazards of alcohol abuse are more or less known to all. Apart from damaging the liver, the toxins produced by alcohol can also potentially damage other organs of the body with similar severity. Also, chronic alcohol consumption is frequently associated with several mental illnesses such as depression. Amid these disturbing facts about alcohol, there prevails few myths about the substance that are highly misleading for users, primarily related to hangovers. Few of them are listed below:
Myth: Blending alcohol with energy drinks increases the effect of getting high
Fact: Many people mix energy drinks into their pegs to get high sooner and harder. However, the fact says that energy drinks contain caffeine, which covers the sedative effects of alcohol. This prevents users from recognizing the limit as to when to stop drinking. They feel more energetic than they actually are, which further pushed them into drinking more. As a result, terrible hangover is what an individual need to face the next day.
Myth: ‘Beer before liquor, never been sicker; liquor before beer, you’re in the clear’
Fact: This is a common notion that floats around among individuals who drink. People perceive beer to be a softer alcoholic beverage that does not cause drunkenness as strongly as other drinks like vodka or whisky. However, the fact is that it is always the amount that matters and not the order in which you have your drinks.
Myth: Puking after drinking not only makes you sober but reduces the risk of hangover
Fact: This is a purely a fictional concept. Vomiting after drinking generally hints the saturation level attained by the body. This happens when the bloodstreams have absorbed enough alcohol for the day, further suggestive of the fact that hangover is certain for the next. A body that has been filled with such amount of alcohol cannot be prevented from experiencing hangover at any cost.
Myth: Eating a full meal before dozing off in a drunken state will prevent hangover
Fact: Alcohol is fast enough to get absorbed immediately by the bloodstream when consumed. In this situation, eating food (which will certainly have fats and oil) does not help the liver to metabolize the alcohol faster. Instead, the combination of alcohol and greasy food can result in acid reflux and give the drinker tougher time in the morning with a bad hangover.
Myth: Taking aspirin or ibuprofen before heavy drinking can reduce hangover effects
Fact: Many people are misguided to pop aspirin or ibuprofen pills as a precautionary measure to avoid a hangover the next morning. The trick does not work because, by the time a person experiences headache due to alcohol, the effect of the pill (taken long back) ends. And taking pills while drinking is strictly not advisable as painkillers tend to erode the stomach lining, which, coupled with the stomach irritants in alcohol, can cause liver inflammation. This will allow more alcohol to flow into the bloodstream, thereby leading to liver damage eventually.
Road to recovery
Taking cue from the above myths, it can be concluded that moderate drinking is the only way to prevent a hangover. Controlled drinking is also important in order to prevent development of alcohol addiction. Moreover, frequent and excessive drinking are the gateways to alcohol addiction and increase alcohol dependency in an individual.
If you or a loved one is struggling to overcome alcoholism, get in touch with the Alcohol Addiction Helpline of California for information about one of the best alcohol rehab centers in California. You may call us at our 24/7 helpline number 855-980-1715 or chat online to enquire about the alcohol addiction treatment facilities in California. Our representatives will guide you to the best alcohol rehab center in California.Continue reading