We've all heard some good myths and urban legends about our favorite alcoholic beverage. However, in this blog post you will find four popular myths debunked.
Myth: Beer before liquor, never been sicker; liquor before beer, you’re in the clear. The belief is that drinking beer before liquor will cause sickness, or so the myth goes. While switching to hard liquor after a few beers can, in fact, make the feeling come on faster, it’s not the combination of beer and liquor that causes you to become sick.
Fact: It’s the amount of alcohol that you drink NOT how you mix them. Whatever your poison, drinking too much of any alcohol too quickly can make you sick.
Myth: Mixing alcohol with energy drinks will make you drunker. Remember Four Loko? When this alcoholic energy drink came out, college campuses across the nation went wild. After theories arose that mixing alcohol with energy drinks was a very bad thing, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) forced Four Loko to change their recipe.
Fact: Energy drinks do not increase how intoxicated you are. Instead, the caffeine in energy drinks mask the sedative effects of alcohol, which often cue people to stop drinking. With more energy, people tend to drink higher volumes of alcohol, which can lead to negative consequences.
Myth: Darker beers have more alcohol than lighter beers. This one makes me giggle. Let’s talk about the darkest beer sold in the United States, Guinness Draught. How much alcohol is in a Guinness? Only 4.2 percent. People often jump to conclusions that because Guinness is black, it’s a very strong beer.
Fact: Beer color has zero effect on alcohol content. Darker beers just look thicker and most are fuller in taste. Some dark beers, like stout, are actually lower in alcohol than it’s paler counterparts!
Myth: Beer can cause a beer belly. Many people gravitate towards lighter beers, strictly because of the fewer calories. Well, I’m here to expand your horizon (and palate) when it comes to beer drinking. Truth is, beer gets a bad rap. It alone cannot turn your six pack abs into a belly that protrudes over your pants. However, if you down several beers in one sitting, and eat greasy foods to boot, you can seriously pack on the pounds.
Fact: Excess calories from beer are no different than excess calories from any other food or drink. Having a brew or two on a Friday night will NOT cause you to gain weight. (Side note: If you want a lean belly, go to the gym!)
MacKenzie Zarzycki was born and raised in Schuylerville, N.Y., where the beer flows like wine. Now a Certified Cicerone®, MacKenzie is on a mission to further her beer knowledge. When she’s not contributing to gotbeer.com, she’s nursing an unhealthy level of attachment to her dog, Kylie.