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Alcohol and You Services
Alcohol and You Services
A website with on-line tools to examine alcohol use and referral to support services
ASCERT Alcohol Services
ASCERT Alcohol Services
Support for concerns about a persons alcohol use and services for family members
Steps to Change
Steps to Change
Early intervention for adults and family members affected by substance use in WHSCT
Drinking myths

Drinking myths

Don't just swallow everything you hear about alcohol. Here's some help with those frequently aired myths.

Alcohol is good for the heart

Research shows that moderate drinking (1 to 2 units of alcohol a day) may reduce the risk of developing heart disease only for men over 40 or women who've been through menopause. There is NO evidence that non-drinkers should start drinking alcohol.

Alcohol cheers me up

Drinking too much tends to make you focus on your problems rather than forget them. Alcohol is a depressant and in the long run could make it more difficult for you to cope with any problems you already have. Drinking too much could also lead to new ones, such as illness, an accident or financial difficulties.

Beer will make me less drunk than spirits

One unit of beer or spirits contains the same amount of alcohol (but the effects of different types of drinks may affect people's moods differently).

Drinking coffee will sober me up

Drinking coffee will make you a ‘wide awake’ drunk. Caffeine in coffee is a stimulant, so you might feel more alert, but it does not make you sober. Each unit of alcohol takes one hour to process. Once you’ve drank it nothing will speed up the process.

I'll be fine in the morning

It takes approximately one hour for your liver to process (metabolise) one unit of alcohol. Sleep will not affect this and you will not necessarily be sober in the morning. This depends on the number of units you have drunk the night before. You can still be over the legal drink-driving limit the next morning.

I'll be okay if I drink plenty of water before I go to bed

This may reduce the symptoms of a hangover by preventing dehydration, but won't make you any less drunk or protect you from the damaging effects of alcohol.

Alcohol-related problems are mostly caused by ‘alcoholics’

Immediate problems like motor accidents, violent assaults and accidental injury are mostly caused by moderate drinkers who occasionally overdo it.

Mixing drinks gets you drunk quicker

Mixing drinks doesn’t get you more drunk. It’s actually the fact you are drinking different drinks with different unit content. It’s not how many different types of drinks you have, it’s the total amount of alcohol you drink.

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