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Which part of drinking after someone is bad?

Asked by queenzboulevard (2549points) December 24th, 2008

People always say not to drink after someone who is sick. Do you get what they have by touching your lips to the same cup/bottle as them, or do you get it from the germs that they put into the liquid? Do I have a less chance of catching it if I don’t put my lips on the cup? Or should I just stay away from it alltogether?

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DrasticDreamer's avatar

Just stay away from it. Any backwash that may have gotten into the drink can get you sick or any saliva on the rim of the drink can also get you sick.

Ort's avatar

If someone is sick, avoid it altogether. If they are not, then just touch your lips lightly to the bottle or pour the drink into your mouth. Sometimes it’s best to go with the flow if you are with people in a remote area and it would be offensive NOT to drink with them. In the general population, most people are perfectly healthy but keeping exposure to a minimum is a good idea.

augustlan's avatar

One of my daughters has a thing about drinking after someone or allowing someone to drink after her. We keep a stash of straws in our car’s glovebox just for such occasions. I guess that’s not real helpful…you can’t really carry straws around with you at all times : (

susanc's avatar

In my family of alcoholics it was believed that you couldn’t get sick from sharing
a glass of booze, which would kill any germs.

Jack79's avatar

I never run out of straws in the car, even though my daughter will not drink from anyone else’s bottle, or eat from anyone else’s plate, or even eat from a plate that someone has touched, or that has been prepared by someone she doesn’t know, or has more than 2 different colours on it. Ok, so she’s 4.

But of course she’ll pick up her dummy from a sewer and put it straight back into her mouth.

gooch's avatar

Not only avoid drinking after them but stay away completly some things are airborne.

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