Why alcohol consumption increases dehydration and tips to avoid the dreaded hangover!

Why alcohol consumption increases dehydration and tips to avoid the dreaded hangover!

24th Nov 2017

A large part of any hangover is a direct result of dehydration. If you are already mildly dehydrated before consuming alcohol then your condition will deteriorate much faster as the night progresses, dramatically increasing the punishment you are in for the following morning. Before a night out prepare yourself by consuming plenty of fluid in the hours beforehand.

Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it promotes the excessive urination commonly referred to as ‘breaking the seal’. It does this by blocking the production of vassopressin – an anti-diuretic hormone that prevents water loss. In it’s absence the kidneys send water directly to the bladder, bypassing the bloodstream.

To offset water losses it is recommended that for every alcoholic beverage you consume, you drink a glass of water. As well as slowing your rate of alcohol consumption, this will greatly reduce the extent of your dehydration, limiting hangover severity and improving time to recovery. Alcohol gives you an initial ‘buzz’, but overindulgence turns it into a sedative. Too much alcohol makes you tired and sleepy, a cue from your body that you’ve had more than enough and it’s time to sleep. At this stage we often crave sweet sugary mixers or energy drinks to keep us awake!

Energy drinks delay this response by keeping you alert and stimulated for longer, which ultimately means you drink more. While a ‘second wind’ might be the desired effect at the time, the next day it means far more alcohol for your body to process, and a far more devastating hangover for you to deal with.

 Don’t Forget your Electrolytes!

Alcohol induced urination results in significant electrolyte losses, particularly salt, potassium and magnesium. Deficiencies in these are what leave you weak and nauseated the next day.

Help yourself: Mix a sachet of Thorzt low GI solo shot into a glass of water before bed to replenish lost electrolytes and restore your body’s optimal fluid/electrolyte balance.Thorzt now has added B & C vitamins and a good dose of magnesium. This will give your body the tools it needs to repair itself while you sleep. The higher concentration of electrolytes in the blood will also help you retain water, reducing interruptive trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night. 

The intense dry mouth and thirst that hits you the moment you wake up means you guessed it, you are dehydrated. The solution? Drink lots and lots of water – but not just water. Drinking alcohol also depletes electrolytes, which play a key role in water retention. Replacing water without also replenishing lost electrolytes dilutes the concentration of electrolytes in the blood and can lead to difficulty in rehydrating.

Electrolytes can be consumed through food such as smoothies, bananas, soups and leafy greens. However when already dehydrated with a stomach that’s perhaps not feeling the best, a faster more palatable option is to consume an electrolyte drink. Electrolyte drinks can increase water retention by 25% compared with drinking water alone, and electrolyte drinks containing amino acids have been shown to increase water retention by up to 40%.

If you are going to enjoy the holiday period with a few special beverages, prepare in advance and don't let it ruin the next day! Shop Now