Thursday, September 29, 2011

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Effect of alcohol on body temperature

Ingestion of alcohol makes you feel warm because it causes cutaneous vasodilation. Increased blood flow to the skin coupled with a low environmental temperature means that there is a more rapid loss of heat from the body.

Furthermore, consumption of a large amount of ethanol leads to depression of the central temperature regulating mechanism.

Thus drinking alcohol excessively in cold climates can lead to hypothermia and even death if appropriate measures are not taken.

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