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Do I need to worry about dehydration after drinking alcohol?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Alcohol acts as a diuretic. It makes you urinate more and thus has dehydrating effects. It does this by indirectly decreasing the production of the antidiuretic hormone (ADH), which is the hormone that allows water to be reabsorbed in the kidneys. Signs you may be dehydrated are dark urine, dry skin, dizziness, or constipation.

Compensate for the dehydrating effects of alcohol by always alternating a glass of water with each alcoholic beverage. Eat fruits and vegetables that are rich in water, such as watermelon, papaya, cucumber, and celery. Not only are they rich in water, but they also contain sodium and potassium, which are all needed to prevent dehydration.

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