Beer in the Clear, Liquor Never Been Sicker

posted: 04/11/12
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As seen in "MythBusters: Alcohols Myths."

Finding: BUSTED

Explanation: There are certain immutable laws when it comes to getting tanked. For instance, the only cure for drunkenness is time (not coffee). But the popular theory that consuming both beer and liquor will make you feel sicker isn't quite as sound.

It's true that if you tie one on, you could wake up the next day with a dreadful hangover. To dodge that unpleasant consequence, some people stick only with beer while imbibing. Since a standard beer serving is 12 ounces, and a serving of spirits is only 1.5 ounces, it's obvious that liquor can pack a more powerful punch with less liquid involved.

But if you knock back the same alcohol content by chugging brewskies as you would switching between beer and liquor, you'll be at risk for the same aftereffects: dehydration, memory loss, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound - in other words, a hangover.

Steering clear of hangover symptoms is simple: Step away from the bottle. Also, don't forget to drink plenty of water, since alcohol triggers the kidneys to release fluid, dehydrating the body and ushering in a hangover. In fact, that can replace "Beer and liquor, never sicker" as your new, more accurate drinking mantra: "No water plus booze, and tomorrow you'll lose."

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