MYTHS & FACTS

Why do they drink?

Myth: “Just a drink is not harmful for them”

Fact: Alcohol increases the risk for many deadly diseases, such as cardiovascular disease or cancer. Drinking too much alcohol too quickly can lead to alcohol poisoning, which can kill you.

Myth: “Beer and wine are safer than liquor.”

Fact: Alcohol is alcohol in any form. It can cause you problems no matter how you consume it. One 12-ounce bottle of beer or a 5-ounce glass of wine (about a half-cup) has as much alcohol as a 1.5- ounce shot of liquor. Alcopops—sweet drinks laced with malt liquor—often contain more alcohol than beer!

Where are teens getting these prescription drugs?

Myth: “I can sober up quickly by taking a cold shower or drinking coffee.”

Fact: On average, it takes 2 to 3 hours for a single drink to leave the body. Nothing can speed up the process, including drinking coffee, taking a cold shower, or “walking it off.”