All You Need To Know About Drinking On A Plane

Korin Miller

It is not at all out of the ordinary to drink while on board a plane, but let it be known that even a few drinks after the departure of the aircraft may not give you the best feeling in the world when it is time to get off of said plane. Many may not know why. Many nay not care why, but what if it meant the difference between nausea, dehydration, or even death?

A recent article was published speaking to the effects of consuming alcohol while miles up in the air. The first issue spoke on behalf of dehydration, which is one of a few symptoms you may feel while on board a plane, and how alcohol only makes the situation and the feeling worse. Alcohol alone may already leave the average person with dry mouth and fatigue according to the Mayo Clinic. Alcohol while in the air also acts as a diuretic, which makes you have an increased urge to urinate.

Sanjay Kurani, M.D., medical director of inpatient medicine at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and assistant professor of medicine at Stanford University, spoke with SELF regarding other symptoms of consuming alcohol, including the dilemma of air pressure and limited oxygen. Carol Thelen, a family nurse practitioner at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, also joined the conversation.

Lower air pressure on planes can impact the amount of oxygen to your blood and brain, so one average drink that you’d have on board would feel like one too many when you have one on the ground.

This would also have an affect on your moisture-heavy body parts like your lips, nose, and eyes, so both Kurani and Thelen would suggest a booze-free flight and finding alternatives to those on flight issues you may be having the next time you book your next trip out of town.

So what do you think? Can you survive a plane ride without a sip? Feel free to comment.

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