Alcohol and the sun

Consuming alcohol in the summer heat can involve unexpected risks.

A beer on a terrace, a cold cider on the beach, a glass of bubbly in the backyard... Terrace weather tempts people to enjoy the sun and cool drinks. However, sun and alcohol can be a dangerous combination. That is why it is worth paying attention to a few issues.

Drink water

An adult needs a couple of litres of fluids per day. On a hot summer day, however, the need to drink water grows considerably, as a person loses fluids through sweat.

Alcohol affects the body's fluid balance – it removes fluids from the body, which can lead to dehydration.

Dehydration refers to the drying of the organs, as a result of too little fluid. Dehydration can cause headaches, nausea, fatigue and diarrhoea, and at worst require hospital treatment.

The best way to prevent your body from dehydrating is to drink plenty of water throughout the day. You can gulp down water even if you are not thirsty. Always take a bottle of water along when you go out and leave a jug of water in the fridge, to which you can add ice cubes, cucumber slices, fresh berries or lemon slices.

Protect your skin

Winebibbers are vulnerable to another threat – sunburn. For example, the sun often blazes from one direction on the skin of someone sitting on a terrace, resulting in a high risk of sunburn. The chest area, shoulders and face are first in the line of fire.

Drinking alcohol stimulates the blood to circulate at the surface of the skin, swelling it and exposing it to faster burning. If a person is drunk, they may simply forget to protect the skin.

Seeking shade, avoiding the mid-day sun and protecting the skin with clothes and sunscreen are effective ways to prevent sunburn.

The same rule applies to both alcohol and the sun – enjoy them in moderation.