1- If you mix “go up more”. False: What affects the total amount of alcohol that has been drunk and mixing alcoholic beverages goes hand in hand with drinking more alcohol. The fault of the typical “cañas + vino + cava + chupito + copazo” is not of the mixture, it is of everything that has been drunk. Is it surprising?
2- If we urinate a lot, we eliminate alcohol. False: Only 5% of alcohol is eliminated through urine, sweat or breath (the rest is purified in the liver). Alcohol increases diuresis and the urge to urinate but we are not eliminating alcohol mainly, but water.
3- For the hangover it is good to continue drinking alcohol the next day. False: Similar does not cure similar. Continue drinking alcohol will only add fuel to the fire.
4- The loaded coffee improves the hangover. False: Coffee can be a big risk after a long night of partying: it keeps us more alert and we can believe that we are able to drive when in fact we are not.
5- Vitamins of group B help to metabolize alcohol better. False: It has not been proven that consuming B vitamins accelerates the metabolism of alcohol. Although there is no evidence that vitamin B6 serves as an antidote, in the absence of alternatives, it continues to be injected in the presence of alcohol intoxications to improve neuromuscular symptoms.
1- Women tolerate alcohol worse than men. True: The blood concentrations of alcohol are higher in women since we have higher percentage of body fat and a lower blood volume.
2- “Clear” drinks give better hangovers than dark drinks. True: Rum or whiskey, unlike vodka or gin, contain fermentation by-products that can also cause headaches.
3- Before drinking you have to dine “to soak”. True: It is not about “soaking” exactly, but a high-fat meal can delay the absorption of alcohol and mitigate its side effects.
Remember that the best remedy for a hangover is always moderation and if they drink, never ever get behind the wheel. It is advice from your pharmacist.