Why Does Alcohol Make You Pee?!

By James Madeiros


Anyone who’s heard the phrase “breaking the seal” can empathize with the reality that drinking can make you really antsy in your pantsy, but do you know why that is?

Naturally, a part of the reason is because you’re taking in an abundance of fluid, much of which has no nutritional value, and so it has to go somewhere. But, there’s a more specific reason that explains those constant trips to the bathroom after you’ve already let the first torrent loose.

Alcohol acts as a diuretic by inhibiting the anti-diuretic hormone (ADH) known as arginine vasopressin. Booze blocks the release of ADH from the part of your brain called the hypothalamus, and that causes all kinds of problems when it comes to fluid retention.

The entire concept of breaking the seal is a myth, of course. Yes, it’s true that you’re putting more fluid in your body, but in any other case – as with water, for instance – your brain can tell your bladder that everything is fine for a much longer period of time. When booze hijacks your ADH production, though, your body is ready to make it rain every 15 minutes.

So, how do you stop it? Unless you’re a drinky-time Jedi, the only real way to stop it is to stop drinking the alcohol … or at least slow down.

Legal Stuff: We should remind everyone that our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. If you’re going to drink, do it legally and responsibly; don’t be stupid =).

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