Why Does Drinking Alcohol Make Me Sweat?

When you drink alcohol, it's very important to remain hydrated by drinking lots of water. Not only does alcohol consumption make you dehydrated, it also tricks your brain into thinking you're hot and can cause you to sweat.

Drinking alcohol can increase your heart rate and widen blood vessels in your skin. This can trigger perspiration. Notice when you're out in winter, you may see people drinking outside without their coats? That's because the alcohol makes them feel warm but in reality, the core body temperature drops as blood moves from the core to the skin through dilated blood vessels. When you're sweating, this removes heat from your body, so you potentially put yourself at risk from hypothermia when consuming a lot of alcohol without drinking a lot of water to help regulate your core body temperature.

When drinking alcohol, it's best to drink a glass of water after each alcoholic beverage to help maintain your regular body temperature. Keeping hydrated and reducing alcohol intake will help minimise sweating too.

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