Red Bull, hookah bars, and more: What's true, what's not.
1. HOOKAHS ARE SAFER THAN CIGARETTES.
False. A typical hookah session lasts 45 minutes, so you're exposed to at least 50 times more smoke than if you lit one cigarette. Plus, "water-pipe smoke contains about eight times the carbon monoxide, nearly two times the nicotine, and 36 times the tar of a cigarette," says Thomas Eissenberg, Ph.D., at the Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
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2. YOU CANCEL OUT THE EFFECTS OF PARTYING IF YOU "PRE-TOX" DURING THE WEEK.
False. "One drink a day can be good for you," says Lisa R. Young, R.D., Ph.D., author of The Portion Teller. "But if you skip Wednesday and Thursday, that doesn't mean you can have three drinks on Friday and toast to your health," she says. "Your body (namely, your liver) can't handle so much alcohol at once, even if you didn't drink for a few days beforehand."
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