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Misconceptions About Alcohol Use

Alcohol use is so prevalent in our society that notions about its abuse are bound to occur. In fact, we may harbor some misconceptions ourselves about alcohol abuse. It’s time to set the record straight. Here are some common misconceptions about alcohol and alcohol abuse.

1. Only winos and skid row street bums abuse alcohol.
The truth is that alcohol abuse crosses all demographic and societal boundaries. People who abuse alcohol include members of every background, education, aspiration and occupation. The Intervention Organization

2. Alcoholics, and people who abuse alcohol, are ignorant people.
The truth is that alcoholism is a disease and has nothing to do with ignorance. Alcoholics crave alcohol to the point of physiological withdrawal if it is not satisfied. Abusers of alcohol can easily slip over to alcoholism with enough instances of prolonged abuse. The Intervention Organization

3. Teen drinking is not alcohol abuse
Legally speaking, any underage drinking is considered alcohol abuse. When young people drink, they often consume five or more drinks in a row in a single day. This type of drinking is called binge drinking and is almost certain to lead to greater problems later, including an increased risk for developing alcoholism. The Intervention Organization

4. A few drinks everyday never hurt anyone.
It may be fine for some people, in moderation, to have a drink or two each day. For others, a single drink can push them over the edge, especially if they are alcoholic. The Intervention Organization

5. Drinking alcohol is good for your body.
Studies over the years have claimed that drinking in moderation (one or two drinks per day, particularly red wine) is good for your health. Other studies have offered contradictory results. What are we to believe? The temporary good feeling associated with having a drink is not worth the potential health risks. The Intervention Organization

6. Cold showers, fresh air or hot coffee help sober a person.
Only time will remove alcohol from the system. It takes approximately one hour to eliminate the alcohol in one drink. An old saying goes, “give a drunk a cup of coffee and all you have is a wide-awake drunk. Alcoholism – About.com

7. Everyone reacts to alcohol in the same way.
Many factors affect a person’s reaction to alcohol, including body weight, metabolism, gender and body chemistry. Alcoholism – About.com

8. Beer is less intoxicating than other types of alcoholic beverage.
One 12-ounce can of beer, one 4-ounce glass of wine or one normally mixed drink or cocktail are equally intoxicating. Alcoholism – About.com

9. If your friends are drinking, you have to drink to have a good time with them.
Behavioral research has documented that in a group drinking alcohol even those who are not drinking can have an equally good time and behave in the same uninhibited manner. World Health Organization

10. Alcohol stimulates a person to become livelier.
Alcohol is actually is a central nervous system depressant. There is a common belief that alcohol removes inhibitions. Careful observation has shown that “removing inhibitions” happens before alcohol levels in the blood reaches a noticeable threshold. Thus the real reason for “removing inhibitions” appears to be anticipatory learned behavior. World Health Organization