If you accept some common alcohol-related myths you could put yourself or others at risk.
Myth 1: Beer before liquor, never sicker. Liquor before beer, in the clear.
Fact: The type of drink you consume isn’t as important as the overall alcohol content. One 12 ounce beer has the same alcohol content as 1.5 ounces of liquor, but overindulging in either is likely to leave you feeling not so great the next morning. Visit the NIH website to learn what counts as a standard drink.
Myth 2: If you need to sober up quickly, drink some coffee.
Fact: The only thing that sobers up an intoxicated person is the passage of time. An average liver is only capable of processing the equivalent of one drink per hour no matter what tricks you try. Coffee, energy drinks, and other caffeine containing beverages can give the user a false sense of confidence that they’re no longer drunk when the combination of alcohol and stimulants confuses the body’s nervous system. The best thing you can do is never drink on an empty stomach, drink plenty of water between drinks to stay hydrated, and use a designated driver to make sure you arrive home safely.
Myth 3: It’s easy to beat a breathalyzer test.
Fact: Mouthwash, breath mints, copper coins under your tongue, or whatever other tricks you’ve heard of for beating a breathalyzer test do not work. The test is accepted as highly accurate at determining Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) levels, which is why it’s used as a law enforcement tool. If you have any doubts about your ability to pass the test, hand over your keys to someone who can!
Myth 4: It’s not a big deal if you pass out from drinking.
Fact: Passing out is not the same thing as falling asleep. When you’ve had too much to drink, the body shuts off major cognitive functions and slows down breathing, blood pressure, and heart rates. If these rates drop too far, it’s possible to stop breathing or vomit without waking up. These are signs of alcohol poisoning, as are rapid pulse, cold and clammy hands/feet, and blue lips or fingertips. If you see someone exhibiting these symptoms, they require medical attention. Call 911 immediately.
Protect Your Legal Rights
In addition to criminal penalties, drunk drivers can be held liable for any damages they cause. If you or someone you love is injured by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and other accident-related expenses. Call (208) 386-9119 or toll-free at (888) 490-0992 to speak with the experienced personal injury attorneys at Holzer Edwards.