Is Alcohol a Diuretic? (Transcript)
I’m Kevin O’Hara for Alcohol Mastery and today I’ll be asking the question, “Is alcohol a diuretic?”
The answer is basically YES.
The Quench Myth
It’s one of the biggest myths around that when you drink beer that it actually cures your thirst. It doesn’t do anything. All it does is make you want to pee, and pee, and pee. That’s why you get up in the middle of the night after you’ve had a load of drink, a load of alcohol, your mouth feels like it’s as dry as the Sahara desert. You’re dying for a drink. And yet still you want to have a wee.
Self Fulfilling Thirst
It’s weird because one of the best times for me for drinking, one of my favourite times, was always after work. When I’d go into the pub and I’d sit there and I’d order my first pint of Guinness, I’d be sitting there waiting to draw as they say, to settle down, and I’d be sitting there with a thirst on me and I wouldn’t drink any water before because that would take away from the taste. I’d fooled myself so that first pint was the one that quenched the thirst.
So the thing was, the alcohol actually quenched the surface thirst. Me going and finishing work, not having any water to drink, not quenching my thirst in any other way, sat at the bar and getting the pint in front of me that I’d been waiting for, for 3 or 4 minutes. Really satisfying. But, the alcohol that gets into your body starts working its magic underneath it all for the drinks industry [the alcohol dealers], makes you thirsty again. You need to go for a wee, you’re dehydrated, you drink more pints. You need to go for a wee, you’re dehydrated, you need more pints. You might as well just be eating some nuts and salty crisps.
Oh yeah, we do that as well don’t we?
So the answer to the question “Is alcohol a diuretic?” is: Yes, it most certainly is.
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