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Myth: Alcohol improves my sexual performance.
Fact: Although we may think that drinking makes us better in bed, physiologically alcohol reduces our performance.
Myth: I can drink and still be in control.
Fact: Drinking impairs our judgment, which increases the likelihood that we will do something we'll later regret and having to face the consequences.
Myth: Drinking isn't all that dangerous.
Fact: One in three 18-24 year-olds admitted to emergency rooms for serious injuries are intoxicated. Alcohol is also associated with homicides, suicides, drowning and sexual assaults.
Myth: I can sober up quickly if I have to.
Fact: Nothing can speed up the process of eliminating alcohol in the blood stream. We process alcohol at a rate of one drink per hour - regardless of how many cups of coffee we may have.
Myth: It's OK for me to drink to keep up with my boyfriend.
Fact: Women process alcohol differently than men. By drinking the same amount, you'll be more intoxicated and more impaired.
Myth: Beer doesn't have as much alcohol as hard liquor.
Fact: A 12 ounce bottle of beer has the same amount of alcohol as a standard shot of 80 proof liquor, or 5 ounces of wine.
Myth: There is no point in postponing drinking until I'm 21.
Fact: Research shows that the longer we postpone drinking, the less likely we are to ever experience alcohol-related problems.
Myth: I can manage to drive well enough after a few drinks.
Fact: 50% of all fatal traffic crashes among 18-24 year-olds involve alcohol. Depending on body weight, one drink can account for a BAC of 0.02%, which lowers reaction time and impairs concentration. 0.03% can significantly impair your steering. At 0.04%, vision begins to center on the middle of the road, and leads ignoring traffic signals, street signs, and pedestrians. By 0.05%, our driving is noticeably erratic: especially to the police.
Myth: I'd be better off if I learn to "hold my liquor."
Fact: Having to drink increasingly larger amounts of alcohol to get a "buzz", and developing a further tolerance increases vulnerability to serious problems, including alcoholism.
Myth: I have to drink to fit in.
Fact: Our peers don't drink as much as we might think they do. The majority of Southeast students drink responsibly, and many abstain from alcohol altogether.
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