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Why Does Alcohol Dehydrate?

August 27, 2021 , Agape Treatment Center

Why Does Alcohol Dehydrate?

Why Does Drinking Alcohol Cause Dehydration?

If you’ve ever celebrated after work, go out for a happy hour, or any a work of life’s special moments with a few alcoholic drinks, you know how it can impact every aspect of you the next day. Symptoms like a pounding headache, sensitivity to bright lights, nausea, and extreme thirst can be linked to fluid and electrolyte imbalances that are made worse by alcohol consumption. 

Does Alcohol Dehydrate You? 

Yes, alcohol can dehydrate you because it is considered a diuretic. It causes your body to take fluids from your blood through your renal system, including the kidneys, ureters, and bladder, much faster than any other liquids.

You’ve heard the suggestion before, “drink water in between each drink.”  But who does this? Why would you want to get filled up on water when the point is to go out and drink? Nevertheless, it is a suggestion that is worth taking because If you don’t drink enough water with alcohol, you can become dehydrated quickly.

Why Does Alcohol Dehydrate Human Body?

Let’s find out why alcohol dehydrates so it may be prevented.

  • Drinking on an empty stomach

After you take a sip of your alcoholic drink, immediately both the liquid and alcohol contents of the drink pass through your stomach lining and small intestine into the bloodstream. If you didn’t eat and drink on an empty stomach, alcohol could be absorbed quickly into the bloodstream within minutes. But if you drink water or eat while you’re drinking alcohol, it may take much longer.

  • Alcohol builds up in your bloodstream.

After alcohol enters your bloodstream, it travels anywhere and everywhere in your body. This includes your brain, which is why you feel light-headed, loopy and your judgment can be slightly impaired. This is when you would be considered buzzed or drunk. When alcohol gets into your lungs and is released when you exhale, breathalyzers can be used to check if someone’s driving while intoxicated. 

  • Alcohol slowly gets metabolized by the body.

Your metabolism can turn parts of alcohol into nutrients and energy. This happens at a rate of about one beer, a small glass of wine, or one shot of liquor per hour. 

  • Alcohol is converted in the liver and begins acting as a diuretic.

When you drink alcohol, you pee more than just the drink. When you pee, your body gets rid of water and electrolytes. When what you pee is more than what you drink, dehydration sets in.

Drinking large amounts of alcohol also messes with your kidney’s ability to regulate to reabsorb and retain water. When this happens, your body can’t retain water as effectively, compounding the effects of dehydration.

Get On The Path For Alcohol Recovery at AGAPE Treatment Center

If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol abuse, AGAPE Treatment Center can help you back on track. Our rehabilitation center in Fort Lauderdale for substance abuse embraces a universal, unconditional love that transcends, that serves regardless of circumstances. We provide individuals all over the country with the opportunity to achieve the gift of lasting sobriety.

Our evidence-driven therapy and counseling methods are based on a belief that every individual is worth living a joyous and rewarding life free from the bondage of addiction. Our addiction specialists will get to the underlying root causes of substance abuse entirely through comprehensive treatment plans that, among other treatments (participation in partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, outpatient treatment, etc. ), will include multiple levels of care.