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Do you know all there is to know about drinking? Take this quiz to find out. Plus, learn the truth behind a bonus myth!
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Is liquor more potent than beer? Is binge drinking the same thing as alcoholism? Here, we'll sort the alcohol myths from the alcohol facts, so next time you're confused by getting drunk, it won't be from a lack of information!
Transcript: As a college student, you know everything there is to know about drinking, right?...wrong! A commonly...
As a college student, you know everything there is to know about drinking, right?...wrong! A commonly held belief about alcohol, is that drinking it, kills brain cells. The good news? Studies have actually shown that the opposite is true. Moderate amounts of alcohol are actually associated with improved cognitive functioning. This is because alcohol may inhibit hardening of the arteries, a condition which can lessen blood flow to the brain. But don't take this as an excuse to binge drink, as excess alcohol consumption has its own consequences. Another misguided belief is that liquor contains more alcohol than beer. In reality though, a 12-ounce beer, a one-ounce shot and a five-ounce glass of wine all have the same amount of alcohol, as each is considered a "single drink." Another commonly held myth about drinking? That black coffee, exercise, or a cold shower will sober you up.While black coffee might keep you awake, and exercise may make you sweaty, and a cold shower will make you, well, cold and wet, none of this will make you ANY less drunk. Fact is, it takes the average body about two hours to process alcohol and turn it into acetate, and no amount of outside "help" will speed up that process. A fourth myth is the most important to dispel-that drinking alcohol is legal, and therefore always safe.Sadly, one-third of college-aged students end up in the hospital for drinking-related incidents each year, which is proof that even legal drugs need to be consumed in moderation. The good news is that knowing the facts about alcohol will help ensure you stay safe when you do drink!More »
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Drinking and alcohol have taken on an almost iconic status in movies, particularly in college comedies like Animal House and Old School. But how does reality compare? You tell us - in this survey!
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Does drinking alcohol really kill brain cells? Will a few drinks boost your performance in bed? Take this quiz to separate fact from fiction.
Last Modified: 2013-03-18 | Tags »
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Calories in alcohol? Yep! If you didn't know that the effects of alcohol and every night drinking lead to more than a buzz, listen in for straight talk on another result of boozing it up--the beer gut.
Transcript: They call it a "beer belly" for a reason - although it might not be the reason you think.Conventional...
They call it a "beer belly" for a reason - although it might not be the reason you think.Conventional wisdom says that alcohol causes weight gain because the calories you drink are stored in the body as fat. In reality though, only 5-percent of what you take in stays in your body. But excessive drinking does lead to weight gain, and that's primarily because the body converts alcohol into acetate. Acetate is actually a source of energy, which your body can use to fuel itself. The problem is that when acetate is being utilized for energy, fat is not - as a result, the fat remains in the body. Therefore, the more alcohol you drink, the more acetate your body will have to burn, and the less stored fat it will use. When your body utilizes acetate as energy, it causes your blood sugar to spike. The resulting blood sugar crash, in turn, makes you ravenous.Add in the fact that alcohol lowers your inhibitions about eating, and you've got a recipe for weight gain disaster. The only real way to prevent this is to drink in moderation, which most define as one or two drinks daily. But, if you're not willing to limit your alcohol intake, at least stick to lighter calorie options. For instance, a 12-ounce beer has about 150 calories, while a 12-ounce light beer has 120. ...and you can swap that 4-ounce margarita for a similarly sized mojito and save yourself 200 calories. Or, just stick to 5-ounce glasses of wine, which have about 100 calories each. These tips can help you to enjoy your alcohol-without ending up with a beer belly.More »
Last Modified: 2013-03-12 | Tags »
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College and drinking go hand-in-hand. But does partying put your health at risk? Find out now!
Last Modified: 2013-12-18 | Tags »
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Many people are able to responsibly use alcohol. However, repeated alcohol abuse or a diagnosis of alcoholism can both lead to severe consequences. Here, we'll look at what addiction can mean to your body--from cirrhosis to cancer.
Transcript: Here's a sobering fact: Each year, there are 85,000 alcohol-related deaths, and over 7,000 involve people...
Here's a sobering fact: Each year, there are 85,000 alcohol-related deaths, and over 7,000 involve people who are not yet 21.Consumed in moderation, alcohol can act as a social lubricant. Unfortunately though, for many young people, drinking isn't always done in moderation. You're probably already familiar with some of the more immediate negative effects of drinking. Because alcohol depresses your central nervous system, it will sedate you. Though you may feel excited when drinking, in actuality alcohol is a CNS depressant. This means you'll experience reduced inhibitions, slurred speech, decreased muscle coordination, and impaired judgment. An incident of heavy drinking can result in alcohol poisoning, during which your body can fall into a life-threatening coma; or even in extreme circumstances, death.Alcohol consumption is a factor in nearly 50 percent of American car accidents, which is why many alcohol-related deaths - and injuries - occur in a motor vehicle crash. Over the long-term, continued alcohol consumption can lead to potentially life-threatening liver disorders, like hepatitis, which is an inflammation of the live...or cirrhosis, which is an irreversible and progressive scarring of liver tissue. Drinking can also lead to cancer. It's been directly linked to liver, rectum, breast, colon, throat and mouth cancerAnd if these life-threatening ailments don't give you pause, you should also know that excessive, habitual drinking can lead to permanent erectile dysfunction or loss of fertility for both sexes! Excessive consumption has also been linked to emotional and mental health issues. Studies have shown that heavy drinkers are more likely to be divorced, unemployed, and even suicidal than people who drink in moderation. Still, this doesn't mean you can't have a good time. What it does mean is that you need to smart about when, where, and how much you drink.More »
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Drinking up can ensure weight gain, but the calories in alcohol don't have to kill your buzz. In this video, you'll learn how to offset alcohol calories and which drinks are the tastiest low calorie beverages, so that beer calories will
Transcript: Think skipping dinner in favor of happy hour will save you calories? Not unless you do it right! So you...
Think skipping dinner in favor of happy hour will save you calories? Not unless you do it right! So you want to savor a drink but don't want to pack on pounds? With these swaps, you can have your vodka and drink it too! Say your favorite cocktail is a rum and coke. Say hello to 189 calories-per drink! A better bet? Swap full-calorie mixers with diet soda or tonic. You'll save almost 100 calories a glass. So say you want two beers (it's happy hour!) You could have two regular drafts, and down 384 calories...or two light beers at 288 calories. As for a best everyday drink, stick to a 12 ounce bottle of light beer, or a 4 ounce glass of wine, both of which have 100 calories. But take note that standard wineglasses hold twice that amount. While these drink swaps will save you calories, we don't recommend skipping dinner in favor of happy hour-that's just a recipe for many UN-happy hours later!More »
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You love to drink, but dread the next day's headache. But imagine a world in which hangover prevention is a possiblilty! In this video, we'll teach you how to prevent a hangover, ensuring that you'll never waste another day being wretched
Transcript: What if you could eat a fast food meal, go out drinking, and still feel great the next day? Let's face...
What if you could eat a fast food meal, go out drinking, and still feel great the next day? Let's face it hangovers suck! In fact, you can begin heading off a hangover before you even start drinking. Here are some Tips incase you over do it. First, have dinner-a big, greasy one. Fried and fatty foods stick to your stomach lining, slowing alcohol's absorption and giving you more time to process its byproducts. As you drink, remember this rule: Drink clear and you're in the clear! White wine and gin come with less "why me" effects than do their darker cousins red wine and bourbon. Try to alternate each drink with water! And have a glass of H20 when you get home. Let's face it, you may like your toilet, but that's no reason to spend hours bonding with it tomorrow!More »
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You've probably tried every alleged hangover cure--from cold showers to hot coffee--with little success. But a remedy does exist. In fact, there's more than one way to stop your feeling hungover from too much drinking. So watch this video and learn.
Transcript: Okay, you're never drinking again. But how can you fix that hellish hangover? First things first: You've...
Okay, you're never drinking again. But how can you fix that hellish hangover? First things first: You've got a hangover because your body has lost nutrients and electrolytes . To counteract the nauseous, headachy effects, you need to replace those lost nutrients. Start by re-hydrating. Guzzle sports drinks, which contain electrolytes, fruit juice, and, of course, lots of water. You'll want to steer clear of coffee, though, as it'll dehydrate you further. Now eat something light and nutritious, like a banana or yogurt. After you've had something to eat and something (non-alcoholic) to drink, get some gentle exercise. You may not feel like moving, but a brisk walk can be just the healing help you need. That's because exercise increases blood flow and helps rid you of toxins that are left from your body's attempt to metabolize that alcohol. These tips are less elaborate than your best friend's hangover cure (pickle juice and honey, yuck!), but they'll actually work-and that's worth a lot!More »
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Do you have what you affectionately refer to as an alcoholic liver? Or does your body hate the effects of alcohol? Whether you suffer from alcoholism or only enjoy the occasional drink, this video will show you how drinking really effects your body.
Transcript: You savor the first sip-and the multiple sips after-but what does your body think of that alcohol fix?...
You savor the first sip-and the multiple sips after-but what does your body think of that alcohol fix? Your body reacts to alcohol as it would to a poison. In other words, it works as hard to get it out as you work to get it in! First, the liver changes alcohol into acetaldehyde, a highly toxic substance. This then turns into acetate, a harmless substance that is passed out of your body in your urine, and-more minutely-in your breath and sweat. This process is hard work, and it means that your liver can't focus on its other job, which is sending energizing glucose to other areas of your body. That's why you feel tired, weak, and disoriented following a booze binge. And take note: It takes the liver of a 150-pound person two hours to metabolize one beer! The bottom line is that alcohol does a number on your body. So drink smart!More »
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