Ah, summer. BBQs, beach days, picnics, festivals, concerts... so many fun things to do! And thankfully, we still have a few short weeks left, as labor day weekend approaches. Summer has a lot of fun in store, but it also packs the heat. And, on those days, we need to be extra cautious of the potential for heat stroke and heat exhaustion. One of the best ways to avoid this is to stay HYDRATED!
Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it can cause dehydration and even prevent rehydration. Continuous drinking of alcoholic beverages also impacts the sensory abilities and decreases the amount of attention paid to the body's signals. This can lead to serious risks for the individual who may not realize how severely dehydrated s/he is, and develop into more serious issues.
If you choose to drink this summer, be sure to drink lots of water and non-alcoholic beverages before, during, and after to keep your hydration levels up. You'll be happy you did!