The truth about alcohol use

Published On: Apr 11 2013 10:00:36 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 12 2013 07:40:00 AM EDT

Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States. One in every twelve adults suffers from alcohol abuse or dependence. Long-term use can cause serious complications. When it comes to drinking, do you know fact from fiction? We break down the bitter truths of alcohol use.

Movies, songs, and music videos show the glitz and glamor of drinking, but do you know the facts when it comes to beer, wine, or vodka?

Which one contains less alcohol? The truth is the average pint of beer, large glass of wine, or double vodka all have 2.8 units of alcohol. This is what makes you drunk chemically, and the faster you drink it the higher your peak blood level.

True or false: drinking coffee, taking a cold shower, or exercising helps a person sober up more quickly? The answer is none of these methods work; only time can rid the body of alcohol. This process cannot be sped up, and when it comes to alcohol, it is important to know your limits.

“Safe drinking is one drink a day for women and two for men,” said Sara Jo Nixon, Ph.D., professor and co-vice chair at the University of Florida.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in ten teenagers admit to driving drunk and one in five teen drivers involved in a fatal crash had alcohol in their system, making spring break especially dangerous for these younger drivers.


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