Hot Hot Hot! Summer & Alcohol Safety

Many people enjoy the summer weather. However, heat-related illness can pose a risk when temperatures rise. It is important to keep hydrated and rest frequently in shaded areas when in heat. Alcohol and caffeine are diuretics, and can contribute to dehydration and heat exhaustion. Instead of consuming these beverages, you should keep hydrated with adequate amounts of water or sports drinks. Drinking alcohol in the heat also can impact your judgement. The more alcoholic you consume, the harder it is for to recognize whether you might have a heat related illness. The combination of alcohol and heat poses especially serious health risks for older adults and individuals with medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease.

The National Safety Council offers these suggestions to avoid heat-related illness during the summer:

– Keep hydrated. Drink non-alcoholic or non-caffeinated beverages, such as wateror sports drinks.

– If you decide to drink an alcoholic or caffeinated beverage, be sure to drink plent of water before, during, and after

– If you take any medication regularly, ask your doctor of you need to be extra cautious when outdoors and in the sun and heat.

Motor Vehicle and Boating Crashes

Summer is a dangerous time of your for motor vehicle and boating crashes. Never drink alcohol and drive. If you plan to drink, designate a nondrinking driver. When boating, never allow alcohol on board. Alcohol is the leading contributor in boating deaths.

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Hot Hot Hot! Summer & Alcohol Safety was last modified: August 26th, 2014 by Sarah McGorry