Can you survive on beer without water?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you survive on beer without water?”, and what to do about drinking on an empty stomach?

Can you survive on beer without water?

No, you cannot survive on beer without water. You will lose all your fat reserves and muscle mass in a matter of days or weeks depending upon your per-day intake of beer. 

Although beer contains water, the anti-diuretic effects of beer make it a net negative and lead to severe dehydration and eventually death. 

How long can you live without water?

You need to constantly keep yourself hydrated for your body to function properly. You lose electrolytes and water through sweating and urination. Therefore, you won’t live more than a few days without water. 

How long you survive dehydration depends on your environmental conditions, activity level, age, health, weight, and sex. When you stop drinking water, your body goes into a survival mood. 

Your body cells shrink and your kidneys will stop producing urine as a response to the brain stimulus. Kidneys are the first ones to stop functioning then the rest of the organs also lose the battle.

What happens when you drink on an empty stomach?

The absorption rate of alcohol differs with sex, liver health, body weight, and age. Young people, men, and those with a small body weight tend to absorb alcohol at a faster rate.

Alcohol is processed in your small intestine and the processing takes much longer if there is food in the intestine. Drinking on an empty stomach will quickly propel the alcohol from the stomach to the small intestine and into the bloodstream. 

Light to moderate drinking on an empty stomach may not be very dangerous but drinking large quantities of alcohol on an empty stomach will significantly cloud your cognitive functions and hack your body movements. In the worst-case scenario, it can even lead to death.

What to do about drinking on an empty stomach?

When you do not have food in your tummy, you limit or slow down your intake of alcohol. There are various ways to go about it. 

For example, you can dilute the alcohol with water or a non-alcoholic liquid, take small sips of alcohol in a long span, or take drinking breaks to keep yourself hydrated. 

Unfortunately, all of these hacks will not entirely prevent the side effects of drinking alcohol on an empty stomach. To slow down your body from absorbing the alcohol too quickly, you must feed something to it. 

The golden rule is to eat something about an hour before drinking, especially if you intend to drink more than a single drink per sitting.

If you start to experience nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea after drinking too much on an empty stomach, drink plenty of water and eat small amounts of simple carbs such as pretzels or bread.

What to do in the case of alcohol poisoning?

Pain, nausea, and dry-heaving or vomiting are signs of alcohol poisoning that may be lethal. Other symptoms of this condition include confusion, hypothermia, loss of coordination, slow or abnormal breathing, slurred speech, stupor, or unconscious passing out. 

Call 911 If you are with someone who is experiencing the above-mentioned symptoms. If not treated in time, alcohol poisoning could result in coma, brain damage, or even death.

Try to keep the person conscious and sitting upright by giving them some water. Wrap a blanket around them if they feel cold. Comfort them by lying them on their side and watching their breathing. Keep a constant watch on them to make sure they are okay. 

How to feel better after drinking on an empty stomach?

Common symptoms of a hangover include dizziness, increased thirst, headaches, nausea, poor sleep, increased heart rate, sensitivity to light and sound, stomach pain, inability to focus, etc.

To ease the hangover after drinking large amounts of alcohol on an empty stomach, try the following remedies.

Fluids: Drink plenty of fluids such as water, broth, fruit juice, etc to keep yourself hydrated. 

Sleep: Have a good night’s sleep or take a nap to feel better.

Simple foods: To increase your blood sugar level, eat bland, easy-to-digest foods such as toast, crackers, or pretzels in small quantities. 

Pain relievers: Take ibuprofen to relieve headaches. Steer clear of taking acetaminophen if you are a regular drinker. Wrap your head with a wet, cold cloth to relieve headaches.

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question “Can you survive on beer without water?”, and what to do about drinking on an empty stomach?

References

https://www.healthline.com/health/drinking-on-an-empty-stomach#hangover
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2011/04/the-budweiser-diet-how-long-can-you-survive-on-beer-alone.html#:~:text=How%20long%20could%20a%20man,protein%20deficiency%20would%20kick%20in.&text=There’s%20plenty%20of%20water%20in,of%20hydration%20under%20most%20conditions
https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/how-long-can-you-live-without-water

Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.