Does what I drink affect barotrauma?

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Your choice of beverage can make a difference to your health when you fly or dive, particularly if you are at risk of barotrauma already. Water will keep your nose and throat from getting irritated and blocking the path of air through the eustachian tube into the ear. Alcohol and caffeine will have the opposite effect - they dehydrate you and shrink your capillaries, increasing the chance that they will break.

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