Stick it in your ear....alcoholism

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Posted by Jim Hoffmann on August 07, 2001 at 12:16:02:

In Reply to: surf's up posted by CalAbDiver on August 07, 2001 at 09:40:39:

DM CalAbDiver, There are many Diving Instructors and DMís that feel that Alcohol and
diving donít mix (Pre and Post dive). Alcohol has always been a sore subject with me,(
having watch my mother and other relatives die from cirrhosis). I wanted to make sure
that divers knew the dangers alcohol and what it does to their bodies and minds.
A myth.
Diving Cures a Hangover.
A popular misconception is that diving cures an Alcohol hangover. It doesnít. This myth
is dangerous.
Possible origin for this myth are that the cool water, and maybe the higher oxygen
pressure during diving, might alleviate certain migraine or cluster headaches sometimes
occurring as part of the hangover. Migraine and cluster headaches are different from
alcohol hangovers but may occur with a hangover, because they can both result from
drinking alcohol. Alcoholic drinks are among the several substances that enlarge blood
vessels, and can trigger and aggravate cluster headaches. Several classic foods trigger
migraine headache, including chocolate, aged cheese, nuts, red wine, and beer. The
resulting headache may not bloom until the next morning, along with a hangover. Cold
water and oxygen have no known effect on a hangover, but may relieve the migraine or
cluster headache that was confused with or appeared concurrently with, the hangover
Oxygenís lack of effectiveness against hangovers is so will established scientifically that
oxygen is used as a placebo in studies of alcohol withdrawal treatments.
Alcohol has many characteristics that make it unsuitable for both pre and post dive use.
Here are just a few things that make alcohol bad.
Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, alcohol interferes with mental and motor
Taken before any activity, Alcohol reduces output of glucose by your liver, producing
early fatigue.
Alcohol is unsuited for physical activities as a fluid replacement and is unsuccessful as a
loader or replacer drink because, although alcohol is a concentrated source of
carbohydrate calories, the calories are no metabolized like carbohydrate, making it
ineffective as an endurance energy source.
Alcohol contributes to dehydration.
Iím sure you know that Alcohol also causes: Inflamed Pancreas, cirrhosis of the liver,
ulcers, High BP, High fat levels in the blood, disease of the coronary arteryís, damage to
the heart muscles, nerve damage, dementia, and depression.
Alcohol has no place in diving or exercise or any place else for that matter. Although I
have found one good use for alcohol, it does absorb water and then evaporates quickly.
You can stick it in your ear (to help prevent swimmerís ear). (Diving Physiology in Plain
English, 4-134, Web Alocholism. com).
Jim Hoffmann
Scuba Toys
PADI 6301
NAUI 5888

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