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Drink water before, during and after drinking alcohol!

TV and radio broadcaster, Adrian Chiles, has recently spoken out about consuming between 80 -100 units of alcohol a week!

When calculating exactly how many units he was consuming, Adrian said he was horrified to find out how much he was actually drinking when the recommended guidelines are just 14 units a week!  Adrian’s doctor told him if he carried on drinking alcohol in such excess that his liver damage could cause cirrhosis or death.

In addition to the damage that alcohol can have on the major organs in the body and the disease it can cause, alcohol also has a severely dehydrating effect on the body.  It decreases the body’s production of the anti-diuretic hormone, which is used by the body to reabsorb water.  With less of this hormone available, the body loses more fluid by increased urination. Switching to alcoholic drinks with less volume, such as shots, won’t help with frequent urination either because the diuretic element of the alcohol which is what causes us to pee more!

Symptoms of dehydration:
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Thirst
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Dizziness or light headedness
Drinking water before, during and after drinking alcohol will help to prevent dehydration

Drink a glass of water before you start drinking alcohol and try to alternate alcoholic drinks with glasses of water. It is always advisable to drink a glass of water before you go to bed which will also help to relieve dehydration.

If you are about to have a heavy session, it is also a good idea to have a healthy meal before you start drinking!  Also, eating healthy snacks between drinks can help to slow down the absorption of alcohol.  Good nutrition helps to support your liver to function and plays a crucial role in your health.

Drinking alcohol in excess has long-lasting effects that will prevent you from performing normal functions effectively, in particular, your concentration and memory.  After a heavy drinking session, drink plenty of water (and fluids) throughout the day to flush out toxins and restore your hydration levels.  Electrolyte solutions and rehydration drinks contain sodium and potassium that are lost during alcohol consumption.  Bananas are great too as they are high in potassium!

 

Reference and further reading

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45258081
www.drinkaware.co.uk



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