Ever wonder why you pee so much when you’re drunk?
Urban myth states that once you pee after having a few drinks, that seal is broken in your body and you’ll be taking even more trips to the bathroom after that. But does our body really have a seal?
“I’ll give it to you in six words separated by a comma,” author and researcher Karl Kruszelnicki stated. “Drink a six-pack, urinate a ten-pack. In other words, more comes out than actually goes in.”
Kruszelnicki says the phenomenon is connected to drugs, alcohol, and the volume in which you consume them. When you drink alcohol, your vasopressin, a hormone in the pituitary gland, which helps control the amount of liquid and salt in your body gets suppressed. Essentially, drinking is like removing a damn from your kidneys and allowing the liquid to come right through. And since your vasopressin is being suppressed, the more you drink, the more you’ll have to pee. This could possibly lead to dehydration.
So can you prevent the constant peeing and the dehydration and, likely, hangover to follow a night of drinking? Kruszelnicki says no.
“If you go out in a thunderstorm, you’ll get wet. If you drop a pencil off a table it will fall down,” he said. “It’s just part of daily living. You’re just going to have to live with it.”