Myth 3: “Break the seal” and you’ll spend all night in line for the bathroom.
Drinking alcohol will send you to the bathroom more frequently than if you abstained. Booze suppresses the hormone vasopressin, which means more liquid than usual is redirected to the bladder. Alcohol is also a diuretic, so more water is squeezed out of each cell in our bodies when we drink. That extra fluid is also sent to the bladder. Suddenly, you’ve really got to go — and as you continue drinking, the amount of fluids you need to get rid of only increases. But! It has nothing to do with how long you postpone your first trip.
Myth 4: Beer before liquor, never been sicker.
In reality, you’re probably finding yourself in the throes of a wicked hangover because of the total amount of alcohol you consumed, not the order in which you consumed it, the New York Times reported. “The pattern, more often, is that people will have beer and then move on to liquor at the end of the night, and so they think it’s the liquor that made them sick,” Carlton K. Erickson, director of the Addiction Science Research and Education Center at the University of Texas College of Pharmacy, told the Times in 2006. “But simply mixing the two really has nothing to do with it.”