9 Myths About Alcoholism
Alcohol Intake

Getting to the Truth

Some fables make for good bedtime reading. But when it comes to alcohol use and abuse, misconceptions can turn deadly. Here, find the truth behind nine commonly believed falsehoods about the use of beer, wine and liquor.

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