Should You Grab That Drink Before Or During The Flight

Should You Grab That Drink Before Or During The Flight?

All your bags are packed and you’re ready to go, you’re at the airport and standing outside a bar door…already craving a whisky shot or a wine so fine!

Does it sound like your story?

Are you that passenger who loves to grab that quick drink before boarding a flight, because –

  1. a) you have travel anxiety and you absolutely feel the need to have some on board to calm your nerves;
  2. b) you have some time to kill before the flight;
  3. c) you are in a holiday mood and you possibly don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to have fun.

As it goes, most airports have lounges where you can drink, and most airlines serve alcobevs on-board. Your reason to drink may be varied, the question, however, is should you really be consuming that alcobev before and during the flight?

As it turns out, drinking alcobev to silence your travel anxiety (if it’s your reason to go for that drink) may not really be a healthy option after all. Additionally, being in an intoxicated state while boarding or during the course of the flight, you might invite some serious legal repercussions.

  1. A) The airlines are well within the authority to refuse to accept a drunk passenger onboard; and
  2. B) Intoxicated and disruptive behaviour can lead to flight diversion, which again involves a close call with laws of the land.
    And we’re very sure you might want to stay clear of the bad weather there!
    Now let’s move on to health aspects…

What happens when you consume alcobev before the flight?

It is a known fact that, when you consume alcobev, it takes between 30 to 60 minutes for blood alcohol content (BAC) to reach the maximum effect. Which means putting more burden on your body to cope with alcobev than what your liver can process. So, on a short duration flight, unmetabolized excessive alcohol will travel through your bloodstream, which increases the BAC.

Eventually, through the bloodstream alcohol reaches the brain and acts as a sedative.

It impairs your cognitive ability by slowing down the transmissions between nerve cells. It also leads to dehydration by making your kidneys work more.

What happens when you consume alcobev during the flight?

The in-flight barometric pressure is low. The body’s ability to absorb oxygen diminishes with the contained environment of decreased cabin pressure, which leads to a feeling of lightheadedness. Thus, due to a lower oxygen level in the blood, the same amount of alcobev would affect your body differently in-flight than it would on the ground.

What complicates the matter is that the dry cabin air along with the diuretic alcobev makes one dehydrated faster in-flight. There’s another drawback of drinking on-board, as one gets drunk faster the chances of aggressive and unruly behaviour arise. And we have already discussed the repercussions of such a scenario.

So, we say it’s better to be safe than sorry, right!?

How Can You Tackle It?

The thing is we don’t intend to whitewash your vacation vibe, that’s why here we are sharing a couple of tips, which you can keep in mind to combat the unfavourable effects of alcobev during the flight.

Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.
Minimize the intake of salty food as they tend to dehydrate you.

Here’s wishing you happy and safe landings, however, remember to always drink wisely!

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