How to Drink on a Plane (Without the Hangover)
August 27, 2018
Drunk on a plane: It’s the title of a popular country song and an urban myth of flying, but it’s also likely more fiction than fact. In short, you won’t get more intoxicated on a plane, says Peter Hackett, M.D., director of the Institute for Altitude Medicine. What you might get, however, is a nasty hangover after landing.
So where does the idea come from, that boozing in-flight will make us extra tipsy? In the 1930s, a Columbia University psychologist suggested that two or three cocktails would feel like four or five at 10,000-12,000 feet (planes are pressurized at 6,000-7,500 feet)—and his words stuck. But tons of data refute that idea, Dr. Hackett says. For the most part, alcohol has similar effects in the air and at sea level.
No matter where you sip, it’s a diuretic. Your Bloody Mary or other adult beverage of choicedecreases your body’s production of antidiuretic hormone, says Charles A. Morris, M.D., a doctor at Brigham and Women's Hospital. When this molecule is inhibited, your kidneys crank out extra urine and you pee more, which could be dehydrating, he explains.
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