Health officials warn of binge drinking during extreme heat wave


KALISPELL – Health officials are warning the public of the dangers of consuming too much alcohol while recreating themselves in lakes and rivers during this extreme heat wave.

Alcohol and the sun both cause dehydration and the two mixed together in an extreme heat wave during leisure time can cause severe dehydration and confusion.

Logan Health Trauma Coordinator Joy Fortin says alcohol is a diuretic, which is troubling during heat waves because the body loses fluids at a high rate.

She said those in the water should limit their time in the sun and take alcohol consumption into account.

“I know everyone wants to have a good time, July 4th is just around the corner, but be careful, hydrate yourself as much as possible with non-alcoholic drinks, then use those alcoholic drinks sparingly while you are in the sun. .and recreate, ”said Fortin.

Fortin said the extreme heat mixed with alcohol can lead to serious confusion. It can be extremely dangerous, for example if parents are not careful with young children in cold water.

“Spending long periods of casing without being able to get out of the water is not necessarily good, especially for young children, they are more prone to hypothermia from cold water even when it is hot outside. “said Fortin.

Flathead County Sheriff Brian Heino told MTN News additional law enforcement will be patrolling this weekend looking for drunk drivers.

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