Date PostedMarch 17, 2019

How Drinking on a Flight Can Affect Your Body


Many people rely on alcohol to help them cope with the stress of air travel however alcohol actually has a negative effect on your body when you fly.

Some of the effects include:

  • Dizziness and tiredness – Due to the humidity on an aeroplane being very low (less than 20 per cent) we need to drink plenty of water. Add to that the fact that alcohol is a diuretic, it can dry the body out even more causing light-headedness and tiredness.
  • Fluid Loss – According to the experts drinking before a flight is worse than drinking on a flight because as the diuretic effect of alcohol causes fluid loss, you’ll be starting your flight. This causes maximum impact.
  • Bloating – The low cabin pressure can cause bloating and excessive stomach gas which is exacerbated by alcohol.

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Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning, OH&S training, and web strategy firm based in Little Edward St. Spring Hill, Brisbane, Australia. Urban E-Learning provides compliance related online , Distance and Face-to-Face training products in the construction, hospitality and heavy vehicle transport sectors, to name a few. Examples include the White Card Construction induction course and the RSA - Responsible Service of Alcohol course. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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