Drinking while flying; is it more dangerous?

Every passenger should drink responsibly while on a plane, as the combined effect of drinking and flying is intense. Photo: iStock/wsfurlan

Some people find themselves in high spirits and feel like they are flying above the clouds after helping themselves to a glass of rum or any other booze on earth. But is there any truth in the matter that drinking on a plane gets people more inebriated? Or does it just make them feel more drunk than they would with their feet on the earth?

Even if you pour a drink after take-off or on the earth, liquor brings down the volume of oxygen reaching your body as it affects the capacity to absorb oxygen to the blood. During a flight, it gets even worse, triggering exhaustion, nausea, and giddiness. Hence, you may seem far drunk in the air than you would be on the ground. Every passenger should drink responsibly while on a plane, as the combined effect of drinking and flying is intense. Or else, it may even affect your travel plan. Those who grab a drink during the flight should be completely aware of the volume as well as the type of liquor being consumed.

It takes the human body over an hour to digest a drink. Consuming healthy food along with or before the drink will help reduce the impact. Be completely aware of the volume you can take in and drink in accordance. It will help you save from being disruptive and creating embarrassment on board.

How does liquor work on your body? While normal food gets digested in your body, liquor works differently. It gets mixed up with the blood and thus reaches almost all internal organs, including the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs, etc. It has the highest impact on the liver, which strains out the toxic materials that enter the body. Since alcohol is bad for the body, the liver will naturally concentrate on filtering it out and stop producing glucose. This way, it affects the sugar level in the body.

When huge volumes of liquor enter the body, it affects the digestive system and affects appetite. Liquor also directly affects the functioning of the brain as well as your mood. This is why people are often found so moody, and happy after consuming alcohol. There may be also a few who turn brave after consuming liquor. So decide for yourself before grabbing a drink on board. You may become intoxicated without even realizing it. After all, you don’t want to be the fuss-creator, do you?

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