Myth 5: Drinking beer gives you a beer belly.
It certainly can — but so can anything you consume in excess. That stereotypical beer-drinker’s gut is a sign you’re overdoing it on something, but not necessarily beer. “[M]ost beer bellies are just due to excessive calories from any source, beer among them,” Marion Nestle, Ph.D., M.P.H., a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University told The Huffington Post in 2013.
Myth 6: A nightcap will help you sleep.
A drink before bedtime can make it easier to fall asleep, but booze-fueled snoozing quickly becomes disrupted. According to a 2013 review of the research, alcohol typically disrupts sleep during rapid eye movement or REM sleep, leading to a decreased amount of time spent in this crucial stage.