Must you drink alcohol all through a heatwave?

A refreshing pint of beer will not be the most efficient beverage to devour all through a heatwave (Image: Getty Pictures)

The United Kingdom may just see record-breaking temperatures all through the heatwave that has led the Met Place of work to factor its first-ever level four red warning for extreme heat.

Forecasters have warned of ‘population-wide adverse health effects’ which could lead to serious illness or even ‘danger to life’ in the UK.

The current heatwave is set to peak on Tuesday, with a possibility that temperatures could top a whopping 40°C.

If you find yourself heading to a beer garden or enjoying a glass of wine to enjoy the sizzling temperatures, you may want to think twice.

Here’s everything you need to know about drinking alcohol during a heatwave:

Can you drink alcohol during a heatwave?

Despite feeling refreshing, drinking alcoholic beverages is not advised.

Hand holding beer bottle in front of the sun

Alcohol aids dehydration by making you sweat and pee more (Picture: Getty Images)

This is because, during extreme heat, we sweat more, and drinking alcohol can cause us to lose fluids because of an increase in urination.

This combination can lead to dehydration.

According to the NHS, symptoms of dehydration include:

  • Feeling thirsty
  • Dark yellow and strong-smelling pee
  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • Feeling tired
  • A dry mouth, lips, and eyes
  • Peeing little, and fewer than 4 times a day

You may be more prone to dehydration if you have diabetes, are suffering from vomiting or diarrhoea, or have been in the sun too long.

Other causes of dehydration can include sweating too much after exercising, a high temperature of 38°C, and taking diuretics.

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People who wish to consume alcohol during the hot weather are advised to limit the amount as well as consume water alongside it to ensure they are as hydrated as possible.

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