Avoid alcohol consumption and heat stroke this summer
What’s summer without some drinks on a hot, sunny patio? Or even better, out by the lake while you watch the world go by? Although a liquid lunch may seem like a good idea at the time, alcohol consumption and heat stroke don’t mix very well. In fact, drinking alcohol and allowing yourself to become dehydrated may well be a recipe for disaster.
One of the main issues you can face if drinking alcohol out in the hot summer sun is heat stroke. Heat stroke is brought on my dehydration, because although you are spending your time drinking to cool off, alcohol will actually lower your body’s ability to tolerate heat. Not only will you have a harder time cooling off, but alcohol also acts as a diuretic, so any fluids you intake will flush out of your system much faster, leaving you susceptible to heat stroke.
This summer, stay smart and follow these tips to be safe and have fun in the sun:
- Never drink and get behind the wheel of a car or boat.
- Always eat food when drinking alcohol. Food helps to slow down the effects of alcohol.
- Be sure to drink enough water to stay hydrated.
- Avoid drinking during strenuous activities like water sports and ball games – you’ll dehydrate much faster and be more susceptible to heat stroke.