Christmas is just around the corner, which means party season is about to kick off, but what’s the deal with all the drinking?
There’s lots of information about alcohol out there which can get confusing. FRANK sets the record straight by busting some of the most common booze myths.

Myth: Drinking makes you more confident and fun
Busted: Drinking can make you dance like your dad
Lots of people think that drinking looks fun and will make them feel confident. But there are two sides to it – drinking isn’t all laughs. Although we don’t always talk about it much, drinking can cause all kinds of problems. Although drinking alcohol can make you feel more confident, it can also make you do things you wish you hadn't - things that can get caught on camera.

Myth: Don’t eat carbs after 8pm
Busted: Eat!
Don't drink on an empty stomach. Before you go out, have a meal that includes carbohydrates (such as pasta or rice) or fats. The food will help slow down the body’s absorption of alcohol.

Myth: A drink in the morning will cure a hangover
Busted: Avoid the hairy dog!
Hangover cures like the ‘hair of the dog’ (drinking more alcohol in the morning) are generally a myth. There are no cures for a hangover. There are only tips for avoiding hangovers and for easing the symptoms if you have one. If you have a big night out, try to drink a glass of water between alcoholic drinks during the night and take a glass of water with you to bed and sip it through the night.

Myth: My friends won’t like me if I don’t drink with them
Busted: Friends respect your honesty
It is ok not to drink and you should never feel pressurised into doing something you don't want to do. Remember your friends will respect you more for saying how you feel about drinking. Talking to your friends about the reasons you don't want to drink can help the situation and you may not be the only one who feels this way. Try arranging to meet them to do other things that don’t involve drinking.

Myth: Everyone Drinks
Busted: No they don’t!
Less young people drink alcohol than you would think and remember, it is against the law for anyone under 18 to buy alcohol in a pub, off-licence, supermarket or on-line.

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Published: 15th December 2014