Alcohol and cold weather

The dangers of alcohol and cold weather

Drinking alcohol alters your perception of body temperature by dulling your senses, leaving you feeling warm when you are actually cold.

Hypothermia is caused by getting too cold, as the body loses more heat than it can generate and body temperature drops below 35C (95F). Hypothermia is most common in cold environments. You’re more at risk if you don’t wear enough layers to keep warm or you don’t cover your head (a large amount of body heat is lost through your head).

Find out more

You can find out more about the risks of drinking alcohol in cold weather on the Drinkaware website or NHS Choices.

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