In warm weather, your body cells contain less fluid which means the alcohol in your body is more concentrated and therefore generates a stronger effect which makes you intoxicated earlier. But don’t be fooled, this does not mean the effects wear off earlier too - the liver takes just as long to break down the alcohol whatever the weather.
• Muscle cramps
• Impaired judgement
On drinking alcohol in general, the NHS advises the following:
“To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level, both men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week.
“A unit of alcohol is 8g or 10ml of pure alcohol, which is about:
half a pint of lower to normal-strength lager/beer/cider;
a single small shot measure of spirits; or a small glass of wine contains about 1.5 units of alcohol.”
If you do choose to consume alcohol in hot weather, make sure you’re drinking them slowly, having a glass of water at regular intervals, and be mindful that alcohol can impair your judgement - so don’t lay out in the sun for too long or swim beyond your capabilities.