The Dangers of Dehydration

You’ve probably noticed that you frequently relieve yourself in the toilet whenever you’re having a drink. That’s because alcohol is a diuretic which increases urination and flushes fluids out of the body.

Since you lose a significant amount of water and other essential vitamins (A, B and C) and minerals (potassium and magnesium) by guzzling down bottles after bottles of your favorite alcoholic drink, dehydration sets in. Loss of fluids can be in the form of urination or vomiting.

Dehydration has been known to be the primary cause of hangovers the next day. The symptoms of which are headaches, dry mouth, fatigue, dizziness, disorientation, twitchy nerves, upset stomach, etc.

The liver and kidneys require a lot of water to get rid of the toxins that alcohol produces inside the body. When supplies run out, water has to be borrowed from the body’s reserves. Eventually this means taking water from other organs including the brain, which causes those pounding headaches.

The human body needs water to maintain enough blood and ensure the proper functioning of the organs. Dehydration can also lead to malnutrition by plundering our supply of vitamins and minerals and depleting blood sugar. Severe cases of dehydration can lead to death.

Dehydration can be prevented. Remember to drink lots of water or fresh juices. As much as possible, alternate alcoholic beverages with non-alcoholic beverages. Or, if you can help it, you should think about completely giving up drinking

You may also want to avoid fizzy, sugary, and carbonated drinks which can only hasten alcohol absorption. Drinking coffee is likewise strongly not recommended since coffee is a diuretic in itself.

This way you can keep yourself hydrated and prevent the possible dangers of dehydration.

Sources:
http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/menshealth/feature/hangovers.htm
http://www.tipsofallsorts.com/hangover.html#facts

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