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5 Drinking Myths, Debunked by Science

Uncover the truth behind those storied post-drinking myths. Plus, discover the real secret to imbibing without the next-day tradeoffs: ZBiotics® Pre-Alcohol Probiotic Drink.

Uncover the truth behind those storied post-drinking “myths.” Plus, discover the real secret to imbibing without the next-day tradeoffs: ZBiotics® Pre-Alcohol™ Probiotic Drink.

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MYTH #1:

“If I drink enough water before bed, I’ll wake up feeling fine.”

While staying hydrated is always important, the surprising fact is that drinking alcohol does not cause dehydration. This belief is likely based on the observation that alcohol is a diuretic agent (basically, that drinking makes you pee). But that's not the whole story.

The primary cause of your woes? An alcohol byproduct your body produces called acetaldehyde. That means instead of waiting until bedtime to drink water, drink ZBiotics® Pre-Alcohol before drinking alcohol.

MYTH #2:

“Beer before liquor, never sicker!”

This saying is misleading at best. A 12-ounce beer, 5-ounce glass of wine or 1.5 ounces of liquor (the average size of a shot) all contain roughly the same amount of alcohol. And in reality, there’s no biochemical reason why the order you ingest your drinks should matter if you drink the same number and volume in the same period. It’s the total quantity of the alcohol you consume in one go, among other factors, that leads to that less-than-great feeling the next morning—not the order in which you consume them. Except, of course, if you start everything off with ZBiotics® Pre-Alcohol.

MYTH #3:

“I’ll just order a pizza before I go to bed to sober up.”

If you’re already drunk, it means that the alcohol you drank is already in your bloodstream. Any food you subsequently eat goes into your stomach where it can’t really have any effect whatsoever on the alcohol that made you drunk. While eating food after drinking alcohol won't sober you up, it can increase the rate that your body metabolizes alcohol so it's important to ensure you're adequately nourished. Remember to not drink alcohol on an empty stomach and grab your ZBiotics® Pre-Alcohol before heading out for dinner and drinks!

MYTH #4:

“Coffee and a cold shower
will do the trick.”

While a cup of coffee and a cold shower are certainly great hacks for helping you feel more “awake,” they have no effect on how fast your body eliminates alcohol from your bloodstream. This means that no matter how energized they make you feel, you might still be feeling the negative effects of alcohol consumption.

MYTH #5:

“A Sunday morning beer will cure this throbbing headache.”

The “hair of the dog” method of drinking more alcohol to mitigate effects will most likely make things worse by inhibiting your body’s natural recovery from alcohol consumption the night before. While the effects of that additional alcohol may mask how you feel, you’re really just kicking the can down the road. You'll end up feeling everything you drank the day before compounded by whatever you drank in the morning. This will not do you or your body any favors, and it will likely exacerbate the problem.

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Have Questions?

What is ZBiotics® Pre-Alcohol Probiotic?

ZBiotics® Pre-Alcohol Probiotic is a patented, genetically engineered probiotic that helps you land on your feet the day after drinking alcohol. It’s engineered to break down an unwanted byproduct of alcohol called acetaldehyde – the main culprit in those rough mornings after drinking.

How does ZBiotics® Pre-Alcohol work?

ZBiotics® Pre-Alcohol is designed to replicate the natural process of your liver, but do it in your gut. We took a normal probiotic bacteria you already eat every day, and we bioengineered it to produce the same type of enzyme your liver already produces. That enzyme breaks down acetaldehyde – an unwanted byproduct of alcohol that forms in your gut when you drink.


Your liver does not have access to your gut. But by putting Pre-Alcohol directly in your gut, the goal is to augment your body’s natural ability to digest acetaldehyde while you drink and while you sleep – helping you make the most of the next day. Just remember that ZBiotics® does not affect intoxication or make alcohol safer to drink, so always drink responsibly.

When do I drink ZBiotics® Pre-Alcohol?

When you're drinking. The earlier the better.

ZBiotics® probiotics need time to “wake up” in your gut, so we say the earlier the better if you can remember it. We drink Pre-Alcohol just before going out – right before our first drink. But ZBiotics® should be active if you drink it any time during the day or evening, so a few hours before drinking, right with your first drink, or even if you’ve already enjoyed a round or two, go for it.

How long does 1 bottle of ZBiotics® Pre-Alcohol last after I drink it?

One Pre-Alcohol taken before drinking will cover you for at least 18 hours. One bottle is good for a whole day, even if you're starting with brunch mimosas and have nighttime plans after as well! Drinking more than one bottle likely won't provide additional benefit. While there is no harm in drinking more than one, it is likely to be wasteful. There should be more than enough bacteria in one bottle to help your body deal with all of the gut-derived acetaldehyde you are likely to form, even after a big night.

What if I drink ZBiotics® Pre-Alcohol the morning after drinking?

It probably won't do anything.
Pre-Alcohol won’t do much if consumed substantially after a round of drinking. ZBiotics® Pre-Alcohol's key ingredient – the probiotic that breaks down acetaldehyde – needs time to “wake up” in your gut and become active. That’s why we make Pre-Alcohol our first drink of the night.

Does ZBiotics® Pre-Alcohol expire?

Pre-Alcohol expires 18 months after bottling. Check out the USE BY date on your box. Store your bottles at room temperature with the cap on. Do not refrigerate. Try not to open it until you’re ready to drink it; opening it could potentially let contaminants from the air into the bottle.