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Warning: on hot days, alcohol works much faster and stronger


Circulatory problems and Co: Alcohol works much faster in the heat

The current summer temperatures attract many people to the outdoor pool or the lake. Others prefer to cool off with a cold drink in the beer garden or in their own garden. But be careful: those who treat themselves to beer or wine on hot days run the risk of the circuit going crazy. Because alcohol works faster and more intensely in the heat.

Health complaints in high heat

Midsummer temperatures have been prevailing in many regions of Germany for days. But while it may not be warm enough for some, others suffer from the heat. In fact, it is not uncommon for symptoms such as dizziness, headache and tiredness to accumulate on hot days. In order to defy the heat and the associated health problems, it is especially important to always drink enough. However, beer, wine and the like are better avoided here, because alcohol and heat are not compatible, experts warn.

Falling blood pressure

No matter whether in the beer garden, at a picnic in the park or at the lake: For many Germans, a cool beer or an ice-cold white wine in summer is simply a part of it.

But when the sun is burning, alcohol works faster and more intensely in the body. Especially on hot days, too much alcohol can lead to circulatory problems or even loss of consciousness.

The combination of alcohol and heat causes your blood pressure to drop and you feel tired and weak.

This is indicated by the Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) in a current communication.

Swimming under the influence of alcohol in particular can be dangerous, because those who take an alcoholic bath can experience a cold shock even at a water temperature of 20 to 22 degrees.

Alcohol removes valuable minerals from the body

Summer heat leads to excessive sweating. However, alcohol removes more water and valuable minerals from the body. As the BZgA explains, this favors the risk of heat stroke.

Older people in particular have an increased need for fluids and should drink enough non-alcoholic drinks on hot days.

The best way to quench your thirst is water, unsweetened tea or isotonic drinks. (ad)

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