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Fact or Fiction

Myth: Beer is less intoxicating than wine or distilled liquor.

FACT: One 12-oz. beer contains the same amount of alcohol as 5 ounces of
12% wine or 1-1/2 oz. of 80 proof liquor.

Myth: Diluting hard liquor slows the absorption rates.

FACT: Diluting an alcoholic beverage with water or fruit juice slows absorption.
Mixing alcohol with a carbonated beverage increases absorption and intoxicates
you more quickly.

Myth: A cold shower, coffee, physical activity or fresh air will sober you up

FACT: Cold showers and coffee will only produce a clean, wide-awake drunk. Only your liver can detoxify alcohol. For each drink you consume, it takes approximately two hours to sober up.

Myth: A shot of brandy or whiskey will warm you up.

FACT: In moderate amounts, alcohol dilates the small blood vessels close to the skin, giving a deceptive "glow" of warmth. In fact, the dilated blood vessels reduce your body's ability to guard against heat loss.

Myth: You cannot receive a ticket if you are under the influence of prescribed drugs.

FACT:Operating a vessel while under the influence of prescription drugs will make
you just as liable.

Myth: Alcohol is a stimulant.

FACT: Alcohol is a depressant. It is absorbed directly into the blood stream through the stomach. As blood circulates through your brain, the alcohol depresses body functions and learned restrictions on social behavior. Judgment, balance, vision and reaction time are affected almost immediately.