Drinking Alcohol and its Effects On Hydration

It’s no question alcohol has immediate effects on the body. From killer headaches, to poor decisions, to vomiting, sometimes there is just no winning. Dehydration tends to make its presence known as that extra layer wrapping up your entire hangover. Dehydration can be caused by a number of factors, as discussed on Gastrolyte, “Alcohol increases the risk of dehydration because it has a diuretic effect on the body. This means that it causes a greater loss of fluids and electrolytes from the body than is gained when drinking it”. 


Once dehydrated, one normally experiences headaches and fatigue, less than desirable traits for the training athlete. Additionally, “When you are dehydrated, there is less blood available to be sent to the skin and less for the working muscles, so performance decreases and the risk of heat injury increases” (Runner’s World).

 If you are concerned about drinking and hydrating, implement these tips to expedite your recovery:

·      Drink a glass of water after every glass of alcohol

·      Drink two glasses of water before you go to bed after a night of drinking

·      Avoid afternoon drinking outside when the sun is highest

·      Replenish the following day with an electrolyte solution

However, rather than trying to play catch up with your hydration levels, its best to implement a prevention lifestyle that is structured around hydrating 24/7. Stay tuned for our next blog post where we discuss the smartest way to do so.

In the mean time, take a sneak peak at Trago’s mobile app to see how we reach and track optimal hydration levels. One of the inputs we’re working towards in the future is alcohol consumption, in addition to personal and environmental factors. The more pieces of the picture we have, the better we can collectively reach optimal hydration.

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