Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Heat and Alcohol - a Bad Mix

Falls Church, Va. – Great weather and long days are key ingredients for a good time. Barbeques, pool parties and trips to the beach are a few common hot weather activities. Summertime is packed with outdoor activities in sweltering summer weather.

One way people often deal with the heat is to reach for a cold drink containing alcohol, but extreme heat and alcohol can be a recipe for injuries, illness and even death.

Alcohol lowers the body’s tolerance for heat and acts as a diuretic—meaning it speeds up dehydration—and affects the body’s ability to regulate its temperature. The body loses needed fluids through the urination alcohol induces. If fluids in the body are not replaced, dehydration can be life-threatening. (Continue - Link)

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