Alcohol and Sun Safety

by Julie Motchok on July 27, 2015

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If you think drinking excessively at BBQs or at the beach this summer is a good idea—think again. Drinking alcohol and becoming intoxicated in the summer sun is dangerous and can have serious health consequences. Getting intoxicated while being exposed to long periods of sun can leave you dehydrated, confused and ultimately more susceptible to accidents and injuries. Consider these potential outcomes and learn to have fun in the sun without it taking a toll on your health.

Problem: Alcohol lowers the body’s tolerance for heat and acts as a diuretic (causes urination and high loss of fluid). This leads to dehydration.

Some symptoms of dehydration include:

  • Thirst
  • A decreasing need to urinate
  • Fatigue
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Nausea

Solution: In the summer heat you require more water. If you are going to drink alcohol out in the summer sun, try alternating your alcohol beverages with water. The most effective solution is to avoid drinking in the sun.

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Problem: Heat stroke is a potential consequence of drinking in the sun. Due to severe dehydration and exposure to sun and heat, the body cannot cool down. The temperature of the body rises to dangerous levels and can potentially cause serious health problems. Symptoms can include: headache, dizziness, hallucinations, confusion, loss of consciousness, and seizures. Heat stroke can possibly lead to permanent damage to your health or death.

Solution: Remember to stay hydrated and drink water if you choose to drink alcohol this summer. If out in the sun, try finding some shade and cool off while you rehydrate. In the case of heat stroke, immediate cooling and replenishment of fluids is necessary to prevent serious health consequences. In severe cases, seek medical attention right away. The most effective solution is to avoid drinking in the sun.

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Problem: If you become intoxicated, you may not notice the effects of the sun causing severe sunburn which may lead to sun poisoning.

Some symptoms of sun poisoning include:

  • Skin redness and blistering
  • Pain and tingling
  • Swelling
  • Headache
  • Fever and chills
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Dehydration

Solution: Limit your alcohol intake so you are aware of the sun. Wear plenty of sunblock with an SPF of at least 15 and a brimmed hat to cover your face.

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Summertime Fitness on a Budget

by Julie Motchok on July 20, 2015

If the weather is nice, skip the traditional gym and find inexpensive, alternative ways to exercise this summer. Exercise is a great way to clear the mind and relieve any stress and anxiety that you may be experiencing. Remember your sunscreen! Try these inexpensive options for starting or maintaining your fitness routine this summer:

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  1. Hit the beach— If you are a beachgoer, take advantage of your beach day. Start off with a walk, jog, or run. You can try other stationary exercises such as planks, lunges, pushups, and sit-ups all while enjoying the beach.
  2. Go for a hike— Many state forests and large parks offer hiking, walking or biking trails (some free of charge). Make sure to bring plenty of water and a small nutritious snack to help you along the way.
  3. Play pickup sports—Do you like soccer, softball, kickball, football, or any other sports? Why not make a fun day out of it and gather some friends and start a game of your favorite sport. You’ll be having fun, socializing with friends, and getting a workout in….. Can’t get any better than thatsummer fitness
  4. Check out the local track— Does your local high school or community school have a track and field complex? Many cities and towns allow patrons to use the track, free of charge, when it is not in use by the school. This is a great, free way to get moving in your local area. Try walking, jogging, or running with music while on the track to keep you moving.
  5. Ride your bike— If you have a bike, get your helmet and a bottle of water and hit the bike path for a day of fun. Riding a bike provides great exercise.
  6. Garden- gardening is a great way to get moving outside and add some eye catching flowers and plants to your landscape. Put on some old clothes and go digging in the dirt for a few hours to burn a few calories.

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7.  Clean- you don’t even have to leave your house for this one. Cleaning is a great way to get active while doing something productive that will make you feel accomplished for the rest of the day. Don’t feel like pulling out the vacuum? Washing your car by hand is a great alternative!

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