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Drinking and Driving

Myths About Drinking
MYTH 
Beer is less intoxicating than other types of alcoholic beverage.
FACT
One 12-ounce can of beer, one 4-ounce glass of wine or one mixed drink with 1 1/4 ounces of 80-proof liquor are equally intoxicating.
MYTH 
Switching between beer, wine, and liquor will make you drunker than sticking to one type of alcohol.
FACT
No, alcohol is alcohol.
MYTH 
Cold Showers, fresh air or hot coffee help sober a person.
FACT
Time is the only cure.  It takes the body about one hour to eliminate a beer or a glass of wine.  Give a drowsy drunk a cup of coffee and all you do is create a wide-awake drunk.
MYTH 
Eating a big meal before you drink will keep you sober.
FACT
Food in the stomach merely delays the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream.  A full stomach is not a defense against heavy drinking.
MYTH 
Everyone reacts  to alcohol in the same way.
FACT
There are dozens of factors that affect reaction to alcohol body weight, time of day, body chemistry, etc.