How much day drinking is too much?
Day drinking is okay on vacation … right?
It’s only sometimes. What’s the worst that can happen?
It’s true: there’s not much difference between a drink at 9 a.m. and a drink at 9 p.m.
But we’re not talking about a drink during the day. We’re talking about day drinking as an activity.
And day drinking as an activity presents some very real and immediate risks.
The Day Drinking Risks You Know
Let’s confirm a few things:
A few drinks in the morning can lead to a few more drinks in the afternoon and a few more in the evening.
If it happens often, that can be a sign of psychological dependence.
Day drinking can impair your productivity and damage your reputation.
Day drinking makes it harder to handle your responsibilities to your work and family.
Day drinking on an empty stomach increases your chances for alcoholic liver disease, ulcers, and alcoholic dementia.
If you already have ulcers, heavy alcohol use can slow down the healing process.
And when it’s done alone, day drinking not only causes problems, it’s a sign of more to come. Because solo drinking suggests that you’re drinking for the physical sensation rather than any social contact.
And, of course, day drinking makes you more prone to accidents.
The Risks on Vacation
It’s tempting to give yourself a pass for a little day drinking on vacation.
But particularly for beach vacations, day drinking incurs additional risks:
Day drinking makes you more susceptible to the sun and heat-related problems. It dulls your awareness of your body, and it reduces your ability to perspire.
Alcohol is a diuretic. It promotes dehydration by making you have to urinate so much that you affect your fluid balance.
Combined with reduced perspiration, that can lead to dizziness and headache.
Heat exhaustion is another danger, even if your body temperature is normal.
You’re likely to experience other symptoms like weakness, cramps, even fainting.
And drinking makes you more apt to forget to hydrate. That can make your problems worse.
And they can get a lot worse.
For example, heatstroke is a potentially fatal medical emergency. It happens when your body can’t dissipate heat.
Alcohol makes heatstroke more likely because it affects your body’s ability to self-regulate.
So your body temperature climbs to 103 or 104 degrees.
Your heart rate speeds up, your breathing gets shallow, your head throbs, you feel confused.
And the longer it goes on, the worse (and more dangerous) it gets.
Day drinking can make you forget to put on sunscreen.
At best, that can produce a painful and unattractive burn.
At worst, big areas of sunburn also reduce your ability to perspire. That increases your risk for dehydration, heat exhaustion and stroke.
Like heatstroke, this is a medical emergency. Unlike heatstroke, it produces low body temperature along with its other symptoms:
- Slow or irregular breathing
- Bluish or pale skin
- Passing out.
A Few More Dangers
For example, alcohol makes you hungry. That can lead to becoming fat and bloated. Not what you’re looking for, especially on a beach vacation.
And as tempting as they might be when you’re out in the sun, margaritas present their own risk:
Lemon and lime juice can cause a chemical skin reaction that makes you more vulnerable to UV rays. That can increase your risk for serious sunburn.
And if you’re drinking enough, you may not even be aware of the risk.
Of course, only you can determine whether you might have a day drinking problem.
If you’re concerned and you want help stopping, please contact us. We’ve already helped more than 50,000 drinkers. We can help you.