Alcohol Content Matters
In general, drinks with a higher alcohol content – think spirits such as vodka, gin, whiskey, and rum – are higher on the spectrum of alcohol content, making them more dehydrating per ounce than alcohols such as beer and wine. Some alcohols – think Everclear grain alcohol – seem like they were designed to buzz up and dry out the human body.
Speed is a Factor
How you drink your alcohol is another crucial factor. For example, if you tend to drink beer quickly but can savor a single pour of whiskey over the course of an evening, the whiskey is a better choice if you are looking to avoid getting dehydrated.
What is Your Alcohol Paired With?
Mixing liquor with a caffeinated beverage can result in increased urination and dehydration. This is because caffeine – like alcohol – is a diuretic substance. This is an important factor to consider if your drinks of choice include Irish coffee or you enjoy cola as a mixer.
Check out this article to learn more about the science behind alcohol and dehydration.
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