4 most enduring myth about alcohol (5 photos)

Given that drinking - one of the pillars of modern civilization, it is strange that some of the myths about her live for centuries ...

1. The myth of the beer belly


This is the fate of every beer lover. Evidence - more than enough. Surrounded by all of us there is at least one friend, colleague or family member with a rounded, as a decent pregnancy, stomach. Regardless of gender.


No beer belly does not happen. This outstanding piece of your body is not related to the consumption of beer. The evidence? Please!

University College London and the Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Prague conducted a study involving two thousand Czechs both sexes. And the Czechs are known to be great experts of the beer. Scientists have figured out how much each of them consume beer as eating, all carefully weighed and measured the waist.

Among the subjects were as complete pivogoliki and amateurs to sit in good company with a fine sense of proportion. After all the calculations turned out that there was no direct connection between the bulging belly and consumption of beer is not in sight.

That is the beer, of course, the product is relatively high-calorie and excessive consumption, as well as any gastronomic excess, can affect the figure. But settle these kilos on his stomach or on any other place, and settle it at all, depends on how lucky you are to genes and how often do you visit the gym.

2. The myth of the hallucinogenic properties of absinth


Absinthe - the favorite drink of the 19th century Bohemia. A mixture of wormwood and sick fantasies, close to the action of drugs. For the ability to trigger a change of consciousness and cause colorful vision of it was called the "green fairy" or "green muse". In this beverage inspired Ernest Hemingway, Edgar Degas and Vincent van Gogh. Last, even under the influence of absinthe ear cut yourself - well, what can I say more! No wonder many countries absinthe is strictly forbidden.


It's just a myth. And it has always been a myth.

In absinthe actually contains toxic / hallucinogenic substance - thujone. Theoretically, this substance can really cause some psychedelic effect. But ... its content in absinthe so negligible that of any hallucinations of thujone can be no question.

"So maybe in the drink of the 19th century there were more thujone?" - We thought scientists and analyzed old bottles with absinthe issued before the ban. The result was the same.

But ... do not forget that alcohol absinthe contains as much as 70 percent alcohol.

In general, by far the most popular version of the scientific community is: "absentovoe madness" of famous and not famous poets and artists of the 19th century was no more than ordinary manifestation of alcoholism, which developed from the use of strong drink.

3. The myth of a nightcap


A quiet evening after a hard day's work. The cozy crackling fireplace, you are sitting in a leather chair in pajamas and with a glass - it should help to quickly relax and dive into the blissful world of dreams ...


... And three in the morning for some reason, all of a sudden wake up, with feel disgusting. If you want that a glass of wine will give you a full night of healthy sleep, it is deeply mistaken.

The first few hours you actually sleep like a log. At this time, your body is engaged in processing alcohol. But as soon as he finishes the job - will take up you with redoubled force. Then wait for the nightmares, headaches, stomach problems and insomnia - singly or in various combinations.

But worst of all things with those who suffer from sleep apnea syndrome (sudden sleep apnea; approx. Mixstuff.ru). Their state of the cup at night only worse, because alcohol relaxes them already weak muscles in the back of the throat. And this is really dangerous.

4. The myth of a hangover


The people walking hundreds of "true" recipe for a hangover, but when it comes down to it, nothing, as a rule, does not help. This is not only a personal experience, but the result is quite a serious survey conducted by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) in 2005.


It turned out that the salvation of a hangover does exist, and it's ... sandwich with smoked pork belly. True true! This is not an advertisement and not a conspiracy producers deli meats, and the most that neither is a real scientific fact.

It turns out that magical ability to overcome the hangover sandwich makes a happy combination of two of its components: bread and bacon. Bread - a source of carbohydrates, which supplies the body with the necessary energy and protein meat breaks down into amino acids, from which improves health - explain the researchers from the University of Newcastle, UK.

The consumption of alcohol the body loses neurotransmitters, ie a substance in the brain, through which the transmission of electrical impulses from one nerve cell to another, and by which we can think, breathe, and generally keep myself under control. A magical sandwich has the superpower to return these precious substance and thus save us from the unbearable torment.

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