Summer, alcohol and hidden risks: How to enjoy the holidays responsibly

Mgr. et Bc. Radek Němec

Summer is the time when the majority of the population looks forward to vacations, barbecues with friends and family, or just relaxing alone by the water. However, with summer fun comes one risk that is often overlooked – increased alcohol consumption and the potential for developing an addiction to it, or deepening risky use. The summer months are full of social activities such as barbecues, festivals and holidays, which often involve the consumption of alcohol. As we often advise, drinking alcohol is often seen as an integral part of these events in our culture, and also very benevolently taken for granted. Summer vacations and free days evoke a feeling of freedom and relaxation. People tend to relax, vent their accumulated emotions or problems with the help of alcohol.

One of the most underestimated points is heat and warmth, which can physiologically increase the risk of alcohol consumption. Which is important to be aware of for people who are abstinent or living a sober life, but also for those who do not yet fall into this category, and who use alcohol in a risky or harmful way.

Hot weather causes increased sweating and dehydration, which can lead to faster alcohol intoxication. The body tries to maintain a stable temperature in the heat, and when alcohol gets involved, the risk of overheating, dehydration and other health complications increases. Alcohol lowers inhibitions and impairs judgment, which can lead to unwanted behavior, traffic accidents, and other dangerous situations. In combination with heat, loss of consciousness and collapse may occur more quickly. All these risks are increased many times during the summer months.

Summer should be a time of joy and relaxation. By being aware of the risks associated with alcohol and taking precautions, we can enjoy the summer months in a healthy and safe way. We try to take care and appeal to the fact that a responsible approach to alcohol is the key to maintaining your health and good relations with the environment, especially in our Czech society, where alcohol tolerance is very strong.

And it is reasonable that the summer months can also be a clue for many about how they are actually doing with alcohol, if a person cannot live without an alcoholic drink, it may be a warning light. And you don't have to wait for the month of February, which is considered a dry month without alcohol.

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