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With any great thing, like Big Foot and BlackBeard’s Treasure, there comes myths and legends. And since alcohol is a great thing, it’s no wonder there are so many phrases and tales circulating out there about hang over cures and much more. As event bartenders, we’ve heard some wild and crazy ideas, but here are some of the more prominent myths and legends we hear. Are you ready to find out if it’s fact or fiction? READ ON!
“Beer before liquor, never been sicker. Liquor before beer, in the clear.”
FALSE. This is a common phrase heard across college campuses, bars, and night clubs, but it doesn’t hold any merit. While switching alcohols can make you sick just because of the different tastes and how you personally react to them, the old thought that beer will flip in your stomach if you drink it before liquor just isn’t true. Most times, people get sick because of the fast rate at which they are drinking, not because of drinking beer and then going to liquor later.
2. “Drinking pickle juice before drinking or in between drinks will lower hangover side effects.”
KIND OF TRUE. In Poland and Ireland, this hangover trick has been practiced for decades, and they swear by it. The thought process is that pickle juice contains salt and electrolytes, which helps you retain water. Alcohol is a diuretic (it squeezes your cells of all of their excess water), so eating salty foods, or drinking salty dill pickle juice to help you hold in that water can actually help your hangover to not be so bad or help curb the effects of it the morning after drinking.
3. “To sober up fast, drink coffee and take a super cold shower!”
FALSE: Time is the ultimate hangover healer. Coffee may help with your headache by giving you a caffeine dose, but other than that, you can take a hot shower like any normal day. Take it easy as your hangover subsides.
4. “Don’t break the seal!”
FALSE: Women are prone to yelling this at one another as soon as one member of their party has to use the restroom at a bar or an event. The truth is, you DO have to pee more because, as stated above, alcohol is a diuretic. All of that water being squeezed out of your body has to go somewhere, and that place is your bladder. Although you may have to use the restroom more as you drink, it’s not because you broke the seal. It’s because you keep continually drinking! You won't pee with a higher frequency because you broke the seal. So ladies, pee freely and at will.
5. “If you want to be skinny, avoid beer. Otherwise, you’ll get a beer gut!”
KIND OF TRUE. Don’t grab your torches and pitchforks yet in revolt - let me explain. In an average beer, there’s roughly 150 calories and about 13 grams of carbs. People that drink beer usually don’t stop just at one, am I right? The problem isn’t really the beer, it’s the compounding of beer after beer AND the food. When we drink, we tend to want greasier foods or foods high in carbs as a craving. People who drink beer after beer are not only drinking all of those extra calories and carbs, they’re then eating all of that extra food. To give you perspective, a 1.5 oz shot of whiskey has about 90 calories but NO carbs. So beer doesn't really make you fat, just as ice cream won't make you fat. If you have just one beer or one cup of ice cream, you're fine. It's when you start eating the whole container of ice cream or pounding beers left and right that those pounds will start to sneak up on you. Everything in moderation, friends!
Are you surprised by any of the above answers? What are some other alcohol myths and legends you’ve heard of? Share them below!