What Alcohol Helps You Stay Warm?
IT'S FRICKEN FREEZING! We are all looking for ways to keep warm, a hat, layers, flannel thongs, but what about a little nip of your favorite spirit?
The simple answer is no. I know that a shot or two certainly makes me feel warm. Who doesn't love that cozy, warm sensation that covers you as it makes it's way through your system? Well, apparently that's an illusion and could actually be dangerous. According to an article by Discovery Channels Mythbusters:
"Alcohol may make your skin feel warm, but this apparent heat wave is deceptive. A nip or two actually causes your blood vessels to dilate, moving warm blood closer to the surface of your skin, making you feel warmer temporarily. At the same time, however, those same veins pumping blood closer to the skin's surface cause you to lose core body heat - the heat you need to survive, especially if you're stuck in a snowdrift . This effect could lead to fatal hypothermia."
So there you have it. I do feel bad for the out of work St. Bernards whose only purpose is to dig us out of the snow and share a drink from their barrel, but science doesn't lie.