There is an opinion that alcoholic drinks help keep you warm in the cold. The Ministry of Health debunked the popular myth about such a “life hack”, explaining the dangers of drinking alcohol in cold weather.
Ministry of Health specialists said that drinking “strong drinks” on frosty days only gives a deceptive feeling that you have become warmer. In fact, under the influence of alcohol, the nervous reactions that give signals to the body about hypothermia slow down. As a result, a person loses control over the feeling of cold, reports NBN.
According to experts, drinking alcohol temporarily dilates blood vessels on the surface of the body, a person becomes hot, and he begins to unbutton or remove outer clothing, which leads to to rapid cooling.
In addition, a sober person, feeling the cold, moves to warm up. In a state of alcoholic intoxication, a person can simply fall asleep on the street, which at best will result in frostbite of the extremities, at worst – death.
The Ministry of Health noted that “strong drinks” can really relieve vascular spasms and increase blood circulation after a long exposure to the cold, but only when the person is in a warm room and not outside.
Earlier, a British dermatologist told how to care for the skin of your hands in winter so that it does not dry out or crack.