Craving a beer or dehydrated?

As a rule, I don’t drink a lot of beerl. It’s not that I don’t like the odd Pils or Guiness, it’s just that I don’t like hangovers. So, I was surprised when I came out of the gym today and thought to myself, “I could murder a cold lager”.

After thinking about it for a while, I realised that it might just be that I was thirsty and I was mistaking this for wanting a beer, so I went home and had a pint of squash…then I had another!  Guess what? I didn’t want a beer after all, I was just thirsty!

So, why did I think I wanted a beer? My guess is that, as adults, we are habitually conditioned to associate being thirsty with lager and cider. Images of Ice Cold Bud, Magner’s poured over crushed ice, and downing pints whilst sitting in the sun outside the pub have trained us to associate being thirsty with alcohol. Also, most people don’t drink enough water so dehydration is pretty much a constant, which makes it hard to detect as it becomes the norm.

So, the next time you fancy a beer, first try quenching your thirst with a glass of water or juice, then if you still fancy a beer…fill your boots!

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