There are so many great ways to enjoy summer sans the alcohol. Summer is fun but so is getting sober and being in the moment.
Summer is a slice of heaven on Earth. The days are sunny, the temperature is pleasantly warm and it’s just the perfect moment to enjoy the great outdoors. Summer itinerary usually ranges from nature excursions such as hiking, fishing, swimming, picnic at the lake, and road trips. Or to more intimate get-togethers like backyard barbecues and dinner parties with family and friends.
This season is the best time to let your hair down and just soak in the glorious weather. But the chill atmosphere and social gatherings may not just be wholesome fun. Spirits are high during summer but this also sets the perfect background to enjoy alcohol a little bit more.
So if you’re seriously thinking about quitting or curbing your alcohol intake, look no further than summer to jumpstart your sobriety goals. Summer is fun and chill. Excessive drinking and alcohol abuse, are not so cool.
Why to take it slow this summer
Alcohol Can Make you Lose Fluids Faster
Summer temperature can be extremely high so it’s not at all unusual to see people reaching for a beer or cocktail to stay hydrated. Dehydration is quite commonplace during summer but alcohol as a thirst quencher is counterproductive. You see, alcohol is a diuretic. According to Healthline, “Alcohol also reduces how much vasopressin your body makes. Vasopressin is an antidiuretic hormone. It causes the body to hold onto water, which typically limits how much urine your kidneys make. The action of suppressing this hormone exacerbates the diuretic effect and leads to dehydration.”
The end result? Alcohol causes your body to remove fluids through increased urination at a much faster rate as compared to other liquids.
Drinking in hot weather can also cause body temperatures to rise faster so you start to sweat more. So if you urinate and perspire more than normal and you’re guzzling more beer than water, this can quickly escalate to dehydration or heat stroke.
Alcohol Can Impair Judgement and Cause Disorientation
Drinking alcohol can also be disastrous when you’re boating, swimming or driving. Alcohol can decrease gag reflex. For swimmers, this is clearly a risk because you can’t clear your airways quite effectively and water can easily get in the lungs causing drowning. Alcohol can also impair judgment and can cause disorientation and loss of coordination. This can be fatal to drinkers either in the water or on the road.
Sober Summer is Fun, too
There are so many ways to enjoy summer sans the alcohol. No doubt, summer is fun but so is getting sober and being in the moment. You’ll remember more the laughter and sweet moments shared with family and friends instead of passing out cold.
And while summer may be a good time to start, the sooner you seek help, the better you’ll be.
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