Some old wives tales die hard, and that’s never been truer than when you’re talking about alcohol. Have you heard that an ice cold shower and some black coffee will help sober you up after a night of drinking? You’ve probably seen that myth being acted out on TV shows or movies, but the truth of the matter is your body can only process one drink per hour. In order to sober up, your body has to work to remove all of the alcohol you drank from your system. Coffee or cold showers won’t help speed up that process a bit.
How about the myth that eating food while drinking will soak up all of the alcohol in your system? If that were true, having a big dinner with turkey or roast beef as your main course and plenty of dishes on the side would allow you to drink even more than you normally do and still stay sober.
Unfortunately, this is one of those myths that can get a lot of people in trouble, and this public service announcement from the 1970’s is a great example of that.
After you see a PSA like this one, you think back to all of the other drinking myths you’ve heard before.
How about the one where one or two drinks won’t affect your driving ability?
Police all over the Canada would say otherwise, and it’s widely known that there isn’t a safe amount of alcohol you can drink before driving. Although you may not blow over .08, you could still end up with a license suspension, have your vehicle impounded, and may even have to install a ignition interlock.
The PSA about drinking and eating may be over 40 years old, but it’s amazing how that myth and all of the others myths about drinking alcohol and drinking and driving still linger.
If you’ve heard of any drinking and driving myths, be sure to share them in the comments. And if you like myths, check out Defeating The Ignition Interlock: The Myth That Just Won’t Die.