Whether it’s frozen daiquiris by the pool, martinis on the patio during happy hour, or a few cold beers after mowing the lawn, alcoholic beverages seem to perfectly complement the long, hot days of summer.
But because heat and alcohol affect the body similarly, mixing the two can be dangerous.
“Consuming alcohol outdoors in the summer heat can lead to a variety of heat-related illnesses, such as dehydration, heat cramps and potentially heat stroke,” says Robert Czincila, DO, chief of Emergency Medicine at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery. “Even worse, many people don’t realize these things are happening because they think they’re quenching their thirst.”
“Alcohol is a diuretic, which causes you to urinate more frequently and perspire more than normal,” continues Dr. Czincila. “Add that to a hot day when your body is already working hard to keep itself cool and you’re at increased risk for dehydration.”