Drink to much? You’re dehydrated.
The holidays can be hard on your body. Drinking too much, can really spoil the holidays and put your wellness at risk.
For some, it’s a rite of passage to get drunk during the holidays and then carry on that choice as a tradition. Your brain and body likely don’t thank you for that tradition.
What’s alcohol actually doing in there?
Alcohol directly affects brain chemistry by altering levels of neurotransmitters.
Your thoughts, speech and movements are slowed down, and the more you drink the more you feel these effects (hence the stumbling around, falling over chairs and other clumsy things drunk people do).
It also affects the dopamine in your brain. Dopamine gets released in the reward centre of your brain and makes you feel good and think you’re having a great time. Research suggests alcohol's affect on dopamine is more significant for men than women, which may account for men drinking more than women on average.
You can learn more about how alcohol affects your brain here.
Alcohol decreases the body's production of anti-diuretic hormone used by the body to reabsorb water. With less anti-diuretic hormone available, your body loses more fluid than normal through increased urination.
Oddly, if you drink 200 millilitres of beer, in the end you don't urinate just 200 millilitres of urine. You urinate a total of about 320 millilitres of urine.
If you alternate water and alcoholic beverage throughout the event, it can help relieve some of the dehydration.
The morning after – effects continue
Even if you feel fine the morning after heavy drinking, alcohol has long-lasting effects that reduce your ability to function at your best. And with how the body works when plied with alcohol, you’ll still be dehydrated.
Symptoms of hangover can range from fatigue to brain fog to headache and muscle aches, nausea and vomiting. Anyone who's ever been hung-over knows these symptoms can greatly interfere with a person's ability to focus on work the next day.
Your body needs more than just water to get repaired from your overindulgence the night before. It needs electrolytes and vitamins.
There’s oodles of information on the web about IV therapies treating hangovers. Our Clinic’s Nurse Concierge, Holly, talks about IV Vitamin Therapy and how it doesn’t cure a hangover but helps with the dehydration.
Maybe if you know you’re going to overindulge, it makes sense to book your rehydrating IV Vitamin Therapy now.
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For more information on IV Vitamin Therapy or to schedule an appointment, call us at 519-937-1881.