Top 10 Myths About Alcohol

There are many myths and misconceptions related to the use of alcoholic beverages. In fact, doctors and scientists are urged not to flatter themselves about the usefulness of alcohol, especially in large quantities. In today's compilation, we debunk Top 10 myths about alcohol .

By the way, the norm of "fire water" recommended by the World Health Organization is not so small - no more than 2 liters of pure alcohol a year, i.ะต.about a bottle of light wine a week.


  • 10. Vodka - cold and flu medicine
  • 9. Alcohol helps to warm up quickly
  • 8. Alcohol is good to drink before eating for appetite
  • 7. Quality alcohol is harmless
  • 6. Alcohol protects against radiation
  • 5. Beer is less harmful,than vodka
  • 4. Alcohol is not calorized
  • 3. Alcohol relieves stress
  • 2. Alcohol lowers pressure
  • 1. Alcohol increases the performance of

10. Vodka is a cure for colds and flu

For many, vodka with pepper is a favorite recipe at the first sign of simples. However, scientists argue that strong alcohol is not able to improve the immune system, and for a sore throat, such experiments are completely dangerous. After all, vodka, moreover, irritates the mucous with pepper.

9. Alcohol helps to warm up quickly

Therefore, alcoholic beverages are often called hot. Indeed, a gram of 50 cognac or vodka allows you to expand blood vessels and improve blood circulation in the body. But all that over this dose, gives the opposite effect. Expanded vessels, including the surface of the skin, enhance heat transfer, and the body quickly loses heat.

8. Alcohol is good to drink before eating for appetite

The "appetite" wineglass is 25-30 grams of vodka, not more. This amount helps activate the saturation center in the brain. True, the effect will come only after 20-30 minutes, and few will wait so long before a meal. And doctors urge not to pour alcohol into an empty stomach, which aggressively affects the mucous membrane.

7. Quality alcohol is harmless

All without exception, alcoholic drinks have a toxic effect on the body. Of course, low-quality alcohol brings much more harm, since it often contains fusel oils, which greatly increase intoxication. It is necessary to choose good alcohol, of course, but it is not worth to say that it is harmless.

6. Alcohol protects against radiation

Scientists have proven that alcohol reduces the barrier functions of all tissues in the body, thereby increasing the radiation dose penetrating the body. Everyone has heard of the use of red wine to remove radionuclides from the body. However, for these purposes, doctors strongly recommend green tea.

5. Beer is less harmful than vodka

Harm to health causes any alcohol-containing beverage, if consumed in large quantities. Sociologists in many countries claim that beer fans eventually consume even more ethyl alcohol than those who prefer strong drinks. Explain this by the price affordability of the "foam drink" in comparison with vodka, cognac and whiskey.

4. Alcohol is not calorized

This common myth is often repeated by fans of various diets. Meanwhile, the energy value of 100 grams of vodka - more than 200 kcal. Moreover, it is difficult to burn these calories to the body, as they are introduced only at the expense of alcohol. To get rid of wine calories is easier, because the calorie content of this drink is partly due to the presence of carbohydrates.

3. Alcohol removes stress

Very often in stressful situations we resort to alcohol to relax and relieve tension. Doctors say that the therapeutic effect is 20-30 ml of vodka or 50 ml of wine. Large doses can either aggravate feelings of fatigue and depression, or lead to a state of artificial euphoria, followed by a hangover followed by a deep depression.

2. Alcohol reduces pressure

This myth is caused by an incorrect treatment of the vasodilator effect of alcohol. Indeed, alcohol lowers the tone of the vascular wall, but this does not help to reduce pressure. After all, the heart rate increases at the same time and the blood is more actively pushed into the bloodstream, which increases the pressure. Therefore, alcohol is strictly prohibited for hypertensive patients.

1. Alcohol increases the performance of

Many believe that after a glass of work, it is argued. However, Australian scientists have refuted this myth in practice. By results of scale research it is proved, what even small doses of alcohol blunt reaction speed and reduce ability to concentration. As a result, the probability of errors and even injuries in the process of work increases.