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What are some myths about drinking alcohol?

If you are planning on going to a party at which alcohol will be served, it is crucial that you don't fall into some common fictitious statements about how alcohol can affect you. By understanding how alcohol can impact you, it will likely be easier for you to gauge your alcohol consumption and whether you are able to drive. If there are any doubts about your ability to drive, you should seek alternate transportation so that you can avoid facing a drunk driving charge. In the event you find yourself facing a DUI, make sure you take steps to begin a defense.

Is it possible to sober up in a hurry?

Trying to sober up to drive isn't possible unless you take the time to let the alcohol get out of your system. Statements about drinking coffee, exercising, or showering with cold water are merely myths. Your body will filter out alcohol at a rate of approximately 1 ounce of alcohol each hour.

Can mixing types of alcoholic beverages have an effect on how fast intoxication occurs?

Another fictitious statement is that mixing types of alcohol will have faster or slower effects on people. Even though that seems true, it isn't. The alcohol content of the beverage is what determines how fast you will be affected by the drink. Other factors that can influence this include your gender, weight, and food consumption.

Is drinking alcohol always a health risk?

One interesting myth that seems to pop up often is that alcohol is bad for you. That isn't the case. Alcohol in moderation is fine; however, driving after you have alcohol isn't. Up to 2 units of alcohol per day for women and up to 3 units per day for me is what the Department of Health notes is relatively safe for adults.

Source: DUI Foundation, "Fact vs. Fiction," accessed May 03, 2016

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