MythBusters Episode 110: Alcohol Myths

Air Date: October 22, 2008

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Alcohol can make people look more attractive.


To maximize objectivity, the Mythbusters decided to look at a number of sample photos and rate them while sober and again while drunk. Adam started first by rating 30 women and awarded 96 points out of a total of 300. Kari rated photos of 30 men and awarded a total of 154 points. Finally, Jamie awarded 116 points. After a few beers, Adam awarded 121 points, Kari 89, and Jamie 105. After several more beers, Adam awarded 134 points, Kari had 153, and Jamie had 111. Even though they each had different results, the Mythbusters decided the myth was plausible since their overall scores increased when they were drunk.

Drinking black coffee will help a drunk person sober up.


Adam and Jamie, the subjects, showed no improvement on a hand-eye coordination test.

Exercising vigorously will help a drunk person sober up.


After running for five minutes on a treadmill, Adam’s test had a remarkable improvement over the control test.

Dunking his head in ice water will help a drunk person sober up.


Adam and Jamie, the subjects, showed no improvement on a hand-eye coordination test.

Getting slapped in the face will help a drunk person sober up.


The results showed a noticeable improvement after the subject was slapped.

A hwacha (ancient Korean weapon) can fire 200 arrows that will explode on impact at once at a range of 500 yards.


For the first stage, the Build Team tested whether an ancient rocket powered arrow could travel 500 yards. They found an arrow could travel that far if enough powder is used. In the second stage, they tested whether an ancient arrow could be rigged to lethally explode. They found if packed right, an exploding arrow could inflict a mortal wound. They then moved to the third stage, where they actually built a hwacha to test if it could fire 200 arrows. During the test, the hwacha performed perfectly, firing 199 of the 200 arrows which all landed near the target army. With such conclusive results as well as historical record on their side, the Build Team declared the myth confirmed.

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  1. Richard Landgraff:

    I liked the confirmation of the Korean rocket launcher. But enough of the cast getting drunk. No more, please.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:23 PM
  2. Ben Woolgar:

    The hwacha was AWSOME!! Adam, seeing you get drunk while running on a treadmill makes me and my dad laugh.

    November 19, 2008 at 6:09 PM
  3. Mike England:

    My wife and I LOVE every episode we’ve every scene! [some more than others].
    I think the biggest difference is, I think the show is a guy thing and it’s OK so say THIS IS COOL!! But women are not supposed to get into this kinda thing and she is trying to be politically correct.
    But, we are in the safety business so we have more fun with your show than a lot of people.
    I particularly like all the transportation-related stuff and all the response to veiwer comments.

    January 2, 2009 at 1:04 AM
  4. ryan:

    you guys rook so much! that was so funny when adam got slaped in the face on high speed and then fell on the treadmill,i would never want to meet you in a bar on a bad day

    January 7, 2009 at 7:37 AM
  5. Kim:

    I laughed so hard when Adam fell off the treadmill, I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time…thanks for that!

    Keep up the good work, our family loves this show!

    January 9, 2009 at 7:11 PM
  6. Ron:

    Hey Guys!!

    My buddy and I just wondered if it’s the exercise or the fall of Adam that made him sober up? Like the slap in the face:P

    January 15, 2009 at 10:19 PM
  7. Matt Brennan:

    WOW the hwacha was the coolest thing ever i wish it hit the army seeing foam beeing ablterated would be awsome

    February 4, 2009 at 8:24 PM
  8. Gene Pavlovsky:

    The hwacha myth was wonderful! I sure did see it coming that they would probably miss the army. Should have test-fired with just a couple of arrows to roughly establish where they would go, then deploy the army around that spot. That would make the main launch even more spectacular!

    February 21, 2009 at 9:30 AM
  9. ben reeve:

    hi guys

    i was looking foward to see the rockets but there was a blackout.

    April 5, 2009 at 1:35 AM
  10. Brian Johnson:

    wWhat episode was it when they were tring to get the car tire to ignite from a burnout I can’t find it

    May 23, 2009 at 11:31 PM
  11. Joel Springle:

    I’ve always thought that increasing your metabioism should help your liver process the alcohol more quickly, so you won;t simply perform better but will actually have a lower BAC sooner. This takes at least 20 minutes of vigorous exercise, and would take hours to confirm that your BAC dropped to normal faster than otherwise.

    September 11, 2009 at 7:53 PM
  12. BobBobberson:

    Was it me, or was one of those cart wheels on the hwacha a wheel used to test the myth of a gunpowder engine? It looked like one wheel had the series of welded “scoops” that was used in the past test.

    September 12, 2009 at 10:06 PM
  13. Bria Erik:

    The hwacha is my favourite myth in the show.And adam i cant believe you got drunk AGain.

    October 11, 2009 at 6:30 AM
  14. Jo:

    They messed up the Beer Goggles myth big time. Set me straight here folks, but isn’t the myth that the person you wouldn’t give the time of day to when you are sober, starts to look better to you as you get drunker? Until they look real good? Using different people to rate as they drink more negates the myth as far as I can see.

    January 9, 2010 at 3:34 AM
  15. freddyzdead:

    Please, guys, there isn’t anything entertaining about watching drunks making idiots of themselves. I did that for a lot of years and I can tell you it makes no difference how or what you drink, if you do it long enough it will ruin your life.

    March 8, 2010 at 5:56 AM

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