Fact NOT Fiction!
Check out some of the most common Myths that we hear from young people - and what the actual TRUTH is...
1. Eating food before drinking alcohol means you’re more likely to be sick although vomiting can help to sober you up!
Actually eating before and/or during drinking means that the effects of alcohol are slowed down. Vomiting to try and sober up is false and could even be dangerous. Only time can help you recover. It takes one hour per unit for alcohol to leave your body.
2. Alcohol has no calories!
Alcohol is high in sugar and so has a lot of calories. Plus these calories have no nutrition. Alcohol also affects the way your body burns fat for energy so regularly drinking can mean you put on weight or struggle to lose it.
3. Alcohol is less harmful than illegal drugs!
Alcohol is responsible for more deaths than all illegal drug related deaths each year and is associated with many health related long term problems and medical conditions. The immediate risks concerned with alcohol range from sexual health issues, violence and serious accident with machinery or when driving. Mixing alcohol with other drugs increases risks and is often unpredictable.
4. Sex is better when you’ve had a drink!
You are far more likely to have unprotected sex putting yourself at risk of unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, regretful sex and the issue of how consenting sex was between each person at the time. Sex entered into with a consenting, responsible and respectful partner can be much more enjoyable and fulfilling than when experienced in a situation you are less likely to be able to control.
5. Alcohol helps you be more confident, eases worries and help’s you enjoy yourself better!
Alcohol may make you feel more confident or forget your worries when you’ve been drinking. However this sometimes can be a false confidence and problems return soon after. Depending on your mood and wellbeing alcohol can make you feel less confident or increase negative beliefs if you’re not in control of your feelings, thoughts and actions.