Summer time is the season of margaritas and day drinking poolside while sunbathing. In San Diego, the phrase “day fade is my trade” get’s passed around a lot. Day drinking is fun, but can also be dangerous in hot temperatures. Here are some tips on safely day drinking without going too far.
Drink plenty of water. One good way to stay hydrated is to alternate between the alcoholic beverage and water. Hot weather alone can cause any of the following; heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Heatstroke is the most serious as it can lead to shock, organ failure and death. Drinking at least 16 ounces of water every hour can prevent dehydration and keep the good times rolling.
Stay cool. Wear lightweight comfortable clothing. When the body sweats it loses essential electrolytes and minerals that assist in water absorption. Some sort of sports drink or coconut water will replenish those electrolytes and minerals that help the body stay hydrated.
Protect yourself from the sun. Wear plenty of SPF, at least 30 or higher, and find shade or bring shade. It’s wise to have a hat or umbrella as a lot of water is lost through the skin. In certain temperatures and climates many people do not even notice how much water they are losing because it just evaporating off their skin.
Pace yourself. Day drinking is a marathon, not a sprint. A lot of day drinkers go with a light beer as their beverage of choice. Not only is it affordable, it helps pace drinking as is take more beer to get the same effect as a shot of liquor. Plus, many light beers have a lower alcohol content. For many day time drinkers the event goes into the evening, so it’s a better idea to start towards the end of the day if this is the case.
Be safe. Drink with trusted friends and avoid reckless behavior. Drinking and driving is the most common reckless behavior when it comes to drinking. It’s wise to have a designated driver to avoid a DUI or serious car accident. In California a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher is considered legally drunk. If everyone is impaired there are plenty of cab and rideshare options out there.
Drinking while operating a boat should not be taken lightly either. Many boating accidents occur because the driver was impaired. Accident can be as simple as someone falling out of the boat and drowning to crashing into another boat and causing serious injury.
Summertime offers a plethora of great events from pool parties to BBQ’s to baseball games. Knowing how to drink during the day make it easy to enjoy the event, avoid consequences and remember the good times that were had.