The Dangers of Drinking in the Heat

Drinking alcohol in the heat has added risks and dangers. When it is hot, consuming beer, wine or hard liquor, can cause headaches, dehydration and heat stroke. Many people who drink on vacation, become very ill after sipping cocktails by the pool in the hot sun. Others drink outside at sporting events or in boats. These situations are particularly dangerous so it is important to be extra careful.

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Learning about Drinking in the Heat

You probably know that alcohol interferes with your balance, coordination, and judgment. However, these effects are amplified when drinking in the heat and sun exposure. Alcohol causes dehydration which increases the risk for heat related illnesses such as heat stroke, headaches, and nausea. Mixing heat and alcohol puts you at risk for passing out, getting badly sunburned, and dangerously dehydrated. Knowing these risks will help you drink responsibly.

Protecting Yourself

If you're going to consume alcohol in the warm, sunny weather here are some tips that can help you stay safe:

  • Drink lots of water throughout the day, specifically between beverages that contain alcohol
  • Wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen to protect yourself from the burning rays of the sun
  • Pace yourself when drinking alcohol in the heat. Remember that the effects can be greater when drinking outside so drink slowly and limit yourself.

Of course, the best way to stay safe is to avoid drinking alcohol in very hot weather conditions. However, if you're 21 or older and plan on consuming alcohol, then make sure you do so responsibly.

Don't Risk Your Life

Don’t risk your life to consume alcohol — it's not worth it! If you feel you've put yourself at risk many times, then you may already have a a problem with alcohol. Get help today! Enroll in an online alcohol education class or attend a community support group meeting such as AA. Don't hesitate - just take steps towards changing your habits.

The Dangers of Drinking in the Heat