For people who like stories about alcohol.
Did you know that out of the stories we hear about drinking, many of them are totally false?
In this article we will introduce the true and false stories about alcohol.
They’re sure to become something you could talk about when drinking with friends.
Stories about alcohol. Fact? or fiction?
１．Drinking milk before drinking alcohol creates a coating in your stomach, which helps you avoid hangovers?
The construction of the stomach makes it impossible for milk to create a coating around it.
But as a matter of fact, drinking milk actually does help relieve drunk sickness and hangovers.
The fat contained in milk slows down the absorption of alcohol, preventing you from getting drunk sickness.
Also, the protein contained in milk helps the alcohol metabolism of the liver, helping to prevent hangovers
It’s not true that milk creates a coating around your stomach, but drinking milk is not so wrong when you want to avoid bad drinking.
Milk is also good when you have a throbbing hangover. Serotonin, contained in milk, helps cure the enlargement of the blood vessels, which is the cause of the pain.
２．Drinking different types of alcohol gets you sick
Even if you drink a variety of alcoholic beverages, the amount of alcohol you consume does not differ.
But when you mix all kinds of alcohol, you may feel that you want to drink more than drinking just one type because of the variations in the taste, which may make you become sick.
On the other hand, although mixing alcohol is not a direct cause of feeling sick, it is a cause for getting a hangover.
When the liver breaks down alcohol, it breaks down the same type faster.
The more different kinds of drinks you mix, the slower the break down process of the liver becomes, leading to a hangover the next day,
３． Japanese people easily get drunk?!
It is said that half of mongoloids, including Japanese people, do not have the enzyme that breaks down alcohol.
There are many people who are genetically weak to alcohol.
Caucasian and african american people who do not have the enzyme that breaks down alcohol rarely exist, making Japanese people a race that is weak on alcohol.
A patch test helps you understand how much your body can break down alcohol.
Wet a gauze or cotton ball with ethanol and place it on the inner side of your arm where the skin is thin, and keep it their for about seven minutes.
・If your skin is red, Your body is weak at breaking down alcohol
・If your skin gets red about three minutes after you take the gauze off, your body breaks down alcohol normally.
・If your skin doesn’t change color after three minutes, your body is strong a breaking down alcohol.
４．Drinking a lot makes you stronger to alcohol?!
It is said that the more you drink, the stronger you get, but although you may get used to drinking alcohol, it does not get you any stronger.
Your strength towards alcohols is mostly already decided genetically.
○Enzymes that decide your alcohol breaking down ability.
・Alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH)
・acetaldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH)
These enzymes differ among people, and like blood types, they are decided by the genes of your parents.
One gene per parent is passed down.
○Genetically comparing how long it takes to break down alcohol
・Both parents being weak is the standard
・If one parent is strong and one is weak, you break down alcohol 5% faster
・If both parents are strong, you break down alcohol 10〜20% faster
○Genetically comparing the breaking down ability of acetaldehyde
・Both parents being weak is the standard
・If one parent is strong and one is weak, the breaking down ability of acetaldehyde is four to six times stronger
・If both parents are strong, the breaking down ability of acetaldehyde is 20〜30 times stronger
As you can see, the time it takes to break down alcohol, and the ability to break down acetaldehyde is almost completely decided genetically.
Knowing how strong your parents are can help you understand your strength towards alcohol.
５．The older you get, the less you can drink
Many people often say that they have become weak to alcohol because they have become old, but age is not related to strength towards alcohol.
Many people feel they have become weak when their liver functions weaken.
The weakening of liver functions can lead to fatty liver or cirrhosis of the liver, so be careful not to leave it and make it your age’s fault, and consult a doctor.
It is also true that women are weaker to alcohol compared to men.
It is said that feminine hormones prevent the breaking down of alcohol.
I believe many people have false knowledge concerning these stories concerning alcohol that were introduced.
We hope you learn the correct knowledge, and be sure not to say something wrong in front of everybody.