It is a fairly common sight to observe people go bon voyage to the bathroom after some alcoholic drinks. However, for the most part, we cannot fathom the depths of the fundamental reason as to why it happens, but we say that alcohol- wine, more specifically, is a “diuretic”- but is it really?
In layman terms, anything that renders us to seek for a restroom may be considered a diuretic. In other words, anything that produces a higher urine output may be regarded as a diuretic.
By certain scientific metrics, any alcoholic beverage having as little as 1-2% alcohol content is a possible diuretic. Compared to that, wine has a whopping 9-11%, so we can only imagine the potency it carries, and the immense capability to be a diuretic!
How does it work?
Now that we are aware of wine and its diuretic enhancements, it is also essential to know how wine works as a diuretic, and why you need to remain hydrated.
In technical terms, diuretics in general and wine in specific, tend to target the posterior section of the pituitary gland (a pea-shaped organ attached to the brain by a stalk) that releases a hormone called ‘Anti-Diuretic Hormone,’ or ADH, and majorly suppresses its release. Essentially what it does is that it tends to release more water stored as body fluids into the bloodstream, which further travels down to the kidney for filtration.
This, in turn, causes a higher rate of ultrafiltration by kidneys, the result of which is simply higher urine production. The equation is simple— more wine, less ADH, more urine- major diuretic.
Higher urine output results in a higher loss of metabolic water from the body, that further results in a major loss of fluids and electrolytes from the system- leading to dehydration. This is exactly where staying hydrated comes in handy, and this is how we recommend you bypass it.
Quench your ADH!
1. Pre-game mantras
Probably the most essential, yet straightforward, way out to stay pre-hydrated before you go gobbling on wine galore. This is by far the most effective bypass we recommend, despite it sounding a bit contradictory. The excess water in your system will play a significant role in countering the loss of electrolytes and metabolic water when you go sulking in that chardonnay somber!
2. Where there is wine, there is water
A common saying in the world of science—hyper and hypo of anything is bad; in other words, striking a balance is the only way out. Ensure that you are consuming similar amounts of wine and water, if possible. Not only does this render you less prone to becoming dehydrated, but it also tends to increase your propensity towards more wine; win-win, if you ask us!
3. Knack for snack
By no means are we referring to the calorie-ridden caramels or the beastly-burgers here. We urge you to look out for the fresh fruits section, for that aids a great deal with the dehydration that wine brings—be it the savory watermelon or the luscious apple!
As inconvenient as it may be for the inebriated audience, it is quintessential to stay hydrated, to counteract the major diuretic capabilities wine possesses. Dependency on excess wine may mean that your life has a slippery slope, but your hydration charts will not!
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Bottoms up! 🍷