5 Reasons Drinking Alcohol in a Hot Tub is a Bad Idea
- Matt Giovanisci
You’re probably enjoying an ice cold beer in your hot tub right now reading this article on a waterproof iPad or something, but the truth is, drinking in a hot tub is really not a good move.
I know it’s not something you want to hear because it seems drinking and hot tubs go together like peas and carrots – and yes I stole that analogy from Forrest Gump.
If this article is bumming you out already, I urge you to keep reading so you at least know the risks. I personally enjoy consuming alcoholic beverages – I’m a homebrewer for Pete’s sake! However, while writing this article, it really opened my eyes to the dangers of drinking and hot tubbing.
1. Extreme Dehydration
Hot tubs make you sweat, even though you don’t really feel it because you’re in water, and sweating dehydrates you. Dehydration increases the effects of alcohol.
You know what else makes you dehydrated? Alcohol!
When you wake up the following morning with a pounding headache that won’t seem to go away, that’s partly due to dehydration. So imagine doubling that headache the next morning. No thank you.
Extreme dehydration can cause you to become light-headed, dizzy, nauseous and can even induce heart palpitations, a coma, or death.
This reason alone should make you want to put down a beer and pick up a glass of water while in the hot tub.
2. Heat Exhaustion
Alcohol expands your blood vessels and increases your body temperature – the same goes for soaking in a hot tub – and as we talked about before, hot tubs and alcohol cause dehydration. This combination can lead to heat exhaustion.
The most common signs and symptoms are:
- Confusion and Dizziness
- Fainting or Fatigue
- Extreme sweating
- Rapid heartbeat
If you show any of these signs while drinking in the hot tub, get out and stop drinking! In fact, you need to cool your body down by drinking lots of water and taking a cool shower.
3. Completely Passing Out
Relaxing in a hot tub is amazing. Your muscles are relaxed, your mind is relaxed, and it makes it so easy for you to simply fall asleep and drift away into dreamland.
Drinking alcohol can also be relaxing. It relaxes your muscles, it relaxes your mind and it’s very easy for you to
fall asleep pass out and drift away into dreamland.
Combining this two sleep inducers can lead to you completely passing out and sinking underwater. This is extremely dangerous, especially if you are alone.
Going under water while you’re unconscious from drinking can lead to a drowning death or drowning-related injury.
4. Drowning Due To Wild Behavior
Believe it or not, alcohol can make you lose your inhibitions and do some really dumb stuff you would NEVER do if you were sober. I have done “the worm” at many weddings and bachelor parties that I later regret.
Although, doing “really dumb stuff” in or near a hot tub can make things very dangerous and could even lead to an accidental death.
[NOTE: I'm not just talking about the hot tubber here. If you're drinking in the hot tub when children are present, you could lose your ability to keep an eye on them and something terrible might happen. Drinking not only has a negative effect on you, it can also have a negative effect on those around you.]
And as if you needed another reason…
5. Broken Glass
Glass shatters when it’s cold and is quickly heated up. If you have a COLD beer bottle near a HOT tub with HOT water, you run the risk of that glass shattering into your hot tub.
That will cause you to drain the hot tub immediately and clean up all the broken glass. That’s a least a day of cleaning your tub that you wasted just because you wanted a beer. Think before you drink, especially in your hot tub.
However, if you’re going to drink in your hot tub, might I suggest using some really cool shatterproof stemless wine glasses? Remember to PLEASE drink responsibly.
Have I Convinced You?
When you think about it, the ideal time to soak in a hot tub is only about 20 minutes. That means it wouldn’t kill you to wait a little bit and save your drinks until after the hot tub session.
Even then, you should still limit the amount of drinking you do after hot tubbing.
I would love to hear from you. Share your comments or stories below.
Happy Hot Tubbing!
(Photo Credit: Newtown grafitti, SashaW, Joey DeVilla)