June 09

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Week 13: Two Minute Sip – Hot or Not: Why Do I Feel Warm After Drinking Alcohol? #HYPOTHERMIA

Alcohol may make your skin feel warm, but this apparent heat wave is deceptive. A nip or two actually causes your blood vessels to dilate, moving warm blood closer to the surface of your skin, making you feel warmer temporarily. At the same time, however, those same veins pumping blood closer to the skin’s surface cause you to lose core body heat – the heat you need to survive, especially if you’re stuck in a snowdrift . This effect could lead to fatal hypothermia.

A property of alcohol consumption causes blood to rush toward the skin, which can lead you to feel flushed and warm. This also means that blood is rushing away from the core of your body, so your body temperature is actually dropping. So never drink alcohol to make you warmer, it only makes you feel that way.