Why do we feel warm when drinking alcohol?
Before we give you the yummy recipes for campfire cocktails, let’s look at some of the science behind alcohol and how it keeps us warm. Those who
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consume alcohol often remark that they feel warm when drinking socially. But does it, really? The sensation is sometimes referred to as a “beer blanket.” Yes, you may feel like you’re warm and cozy, but in truth, alcohol actually lowers the temperature of your body.
Our body temperature is dictated by our organs; mainly our brain, liver, and heart. Digestion and exercise produces heat, but when we drink alcohol, our liver is working extra duty. When our liver metabolizes alcohol, our supply of blood travels to our liver and releases heat. But in actuality, during the entire process, our temperature is going down as we perspire from the alcohol. It’s nothing we actually notice. In fact, we “feel” as if we are warming.
When we drink a hot cocktail (or any cocktail for that matter), even though we are having a great time, it’s important to be safe, and stay hydrated. If you have one drink too many, be sure to keep your jacket on in cold weather. You may feel hot, but our body temperature is plummeting and you could run the risk of hypothermia.
Again, be safe, drink enough water, then enjoy these yummy cold weather cocktails around a roaring bonfire. These seven campfire cocktails are the perfect concoctions for fall and winter activities.