Why Drinking On A Plane Is Bad


Korin Miller

Two doctors were recently involved in an interview with Self.com in which they spoke on the effects of alcohol while on board commercial flights.

Sanjay Kurani, M.D., medical director of inpatient medicine at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and assistant professor of medicine at Stanford University, and Carol Thelen, a family nurse practitioner at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, discussed how dehydration and air cabin pressure can have a worse effect on alcohol consumers that are thousands of miles in the air instead of on the ground.

Despite many being under the belief that alcohol may help with someone’s thirst, it only makes it worse. Dehydration is already one of many effects of flying alone, and the same goes for drinking since alcohol in known to give dry mouth and fatigue. It also acts as a diuretic, that actively makes you have to urinate more often than usual.

Airplanes are also known for having low air pressure, which means there is less flow of oxygen to the blood or brain in your body. What’s the cost of drinking then? Well, you may be prone to feel more lightheaded, and so one drink in the air may feel like the equivalent of one too many if you were on ground level.

So, will you be drinking during your next flight?

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