Dehydration is very common after excessive alcohol consumption. Classic symptoms after a big night out can include a dry mouth, fatigue and a headache.
The good news is that you can reduce the effects of dehydration with a bit of pre-planning. It’s all about making sure that you replace the fluids you lose when you drink alcohol with the right liquids. Sometimes, water isn’t enough – an oral rehydration solution like Hydralyte can be more effective.
The suggested dose for Hydralyte after drinking alcohol is 400mL, sipped slowly
Why does alcohol dehydrate you?
Fact 1: Alcohol acts as a diuretic (a substance that increases urine output)
Fact 2: For every standard drink you consume (10 mg of pure alcohol) you are likely to urinate 100 mL more than you drink, leading to dehydration
Fact 3: Headache, dry mouth, fatigue and dizziness are symptoms of dehydration
Fact 4: Hydralyte is an effective treatment of dehydration
The National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia) recommends that adult men and women drink no more than 4 standard drinks on any one drinking occasion. Above that number is considered excess and can increase the risk of health-related injuries.
Excessive alcohol consumption involving 6 to 10 standard drinks could therefore lead to a net fluid loss of 600–1000 mL or more, and therefore dehydration.
How can Hydralyte help you feel better?
If you are planning on having a night out, you can take steps to minimise the likelihood of becoming dehydrated.
Drinking non-alcoholic beverages (e.g. water, juice) during and soon after alcohol consumption may reduce the level of dehydration.
However, drinking an oral rehydration solution (Hydralyte) offers some advantages:
- Rehydration is likely to be more rapid
- The retention of water and electrolytes is enhanced
- A person may experience better sleep (and therefore feel better afterwards) due to the lessened urge to urinate during the night
How can you avoid becoming dehydrated?
- Try and get into the habit of having a glass of water for every second drink.
- Pack a sachet of Hydralyte in your pocket (gents) or a tube of tablets in your clutch (ladies) just as you would your keys or lipgloss – this will be a godsend when you see it throughout the drinking session… it’s also a great way to make friends if you have some to share!
- Always have a supply of Hydralyte in the fridge or leave some on the kitchen bench as a reminder when you get home.
- Hydrating with 200-400 mL of a product like Hydralyte before you go to bed, rather than when you wake up dehydrated, will go a long way to making the next day more bearable.
Take 400 mL of Hydralyte (slowly) after the drinking occasion and prior to going to bed.
Before you take Hydralyte
- Consult with your doctor or pharmacist if you intend to take Hydralyte for more than three days in a row
- Hydralyte contains approx. 0.8mg/mL potassium – if you have kidney disease or are taking heart or blood pressure medicines, then consult your doctor before using Hydralyte
- Hydralyte contains sodium – refer to packaging for content