Tell us if this sounds familiar. You’re going on a night out and your plan is to only have one drink, but you’re having a great time and one turns into two, or even three, and before you know it the next morning you’re staring into the face of an ugly hangover. It’s common knowledge that alcohol causes dehydration, but other than the anecdotal trips to the bathroom, why is that the case?
Dehydration is caused when you’re losing more fluid than your body needs to function properly. Dehydration can present itself in many ways. As noted on WebMD, symptoms range from a dry feeling in your mouth, to dizziness, confusion, and even weakness.
Alcohol causes the loss of more liquid than is taken in. According to Health.com, “Alcohol inhibits an antidiuretic hormone that would normally send some of the fluid you’re consuming back into the body, and instead sends it to your bladder.” Plus, if you really overdo it, alcohol can cause vomiting or diarrhea, which results in the rapid loss of large amounts of fluid.
So, what are you to do? Well, the best way to prevent dehydration from alcohol is to not imbibe. While effective, this isn’t as likely for those who enjoy a relaxing glass of pinot or the thrill of trying a new craft brew. While there is no cure for a hangover, keeping hydrated and replacing vital electrolytes before and after enjoying your cocktail could cut down on the day-after symptoms. So, before you head out, pre-party and after-party with some good solid hydration!
Please consume alcohol responsibly. Don’t drink and drive. This blog is not written by a medical professional or as medical advice. If you have a drinking problem or need help, contact your doctor or www.aa.org.