Alcohol Myths

Myth: I can drink and still be in control.
Fact: Drinking impairs your judgment, which increases the likelihood that you will do something you'll later regret, such as having unprotected sex, being involved in a date rape, damaging property, or being victimized by others.

Myth: Drinking isn't all that dangerous.
Fact: One in three 18-24 year-olds admitted to emergency rooms for serious injuries is intoxicated.  Alcohol is also associated with homicides, suicides, and drownings.

Myth: I can sober up quickly if I have to.
Fact: It takes about three hours to eliminate the alcohol content of two drinks, depending on your weight.  Nothing can speed up this process, not even coffee or cold showers.

Myth: It's okay for me to drink to keep up with my boyfriend.
Fact: Women process alcohol differently.  No matter how much he drinks, if you drink the same amount as your boyfriend you will be more intoxicated.

Myth: I can manage to drive well enough after a few drinks.
Fact: About one-half of fatal traffic crashes among 18-24 year-olds involve alcohol.  If you are under 21, driving after drinking any alcohol is illegal in Maine and you will lose your license.

Myth: I'd be better off if I learn to hold my liquor.
Fact: If you have to drink increasingly larger amounts of alcohol to get a buzz or get high, you are developing tolerance.  Tolerance is a warning sign that you are developing more serious problems with alcohol.

Myth: Beer doesn't have as much alcohol as hard liquor.
Fact: A 12-ounce bottle of beer has the same amount of alcohol as a standard shot of 80-proof liquor (either straight or in a mixed drink) or 5 ounces of wine.