4 Myths About Your Partying and Drinking Habits

Red Bull, hookah bars, and more: What's true, what's not.

1. HOOKAHS ARE SAFER THAN CIGARETTES.

False. A typical hookah session lasts 45 minutes, so you're exposed to at least 50 times more smoke than if you lit one cigarette. Plus, "water-pipe smoke contains about eight times the carbon monoxide, nearly two times the nicotine, and 36 times the tar of a cigarette," says Thomas Eissenberg, Ph.D., at the Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

2. YOU CANCEL OUT THE EFFECTS OF PARTYING IF YOU "PRE-TOX" DURING THE WEEK.

False. "One drink a day can be good for you," says Lisa R. Young, R.D., Ph.D., author of The Portion Teller. "But if you skip Wednesday and Thursday, that doesn't mean you can have three drinks on Friday and toast to your health," she says. "Your body (namely, your liver) can't handle so much alcohol at once, even if you didn't drink for a few days beforehand."

Most Popular

3. DIET SODA MIXERS GET YOU WASTED FASTER.

True. Recent research found that alcohol mixed with diet soda resulted in higher blood-alcohol concentrations than when the alcohol was mixed with regular soda. Researchers think sugar may slow the absorption of alcohol, says Lee M. Kaplan, M.D., Ph.D., director of the MGH Weight Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. So far, the effect has only been studied in men.



4. MIXING RED BULL AND LIQUOR LETS YOU PARTY LONGER.


True. Red Bull and other caffeinated drinks let you party longer — but not smarter. They make you feel like you're alert but don't reduce the real effects of alcohol, including slower physical and visual reactions. And be extra careful: They can make you think you can drive when you're actually seriously impaired.

Read Next:
Health & Fitness
Share
Confessions of a Non-Practicing Bulimic: What It's Like to Be a Binge-Eater Who Only *Thinks* About Throwing Up
GIF
Health & Fitness
Share
I Spent a Month Meditating On the Go and Now I'm Hooked
Health & Fitness
Share
What Happens to Your Body After a Week of No-Holds-Barred Eating
Health & Fitness
Share
Ab Cracks, Thighbrows, and Now This: The Newest "It" Body Part
Health & Fitness
Share
5 Stealth Stretches to Do In-Flight Because Deep Vein Thrombosis Is No Joke
GIF
Health & Fitness
Share
5 Experts on Weight Maintenance Because Science Says That's the Most We Can Hope for Until January
GIF
Health & Fitness
Share
Male Birth Control Study Halted Because It Was Giving Men Mood Swings
Health & Fitness
Share
The Year I Gave Up Being Clean
Health & Fitness
Share
Diets and Meal Plans and Food Hacks, Oh My: Four Women Try Eating for Four Different Body Goals
Health & Fitness
Share
Do I Really Need to Drink a Liter in the Morning, and Answers to Other Important Water Questions