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Sauna Parties - Do Alcohol and Saunas Mix?

Mar 17, 2008
It is no secret that saunas are fun. It is especially great when you have your very own sauna in your home, and you can have your friends and family over for a sauna party. Even gathering together with your loved ones at "the club" for a sauna party can be a lot of fun for you and your friends. However, at most types of parties, the host or hostess will usually want to serve alcohol to his or her guests. Too many people do not realize that the high heat of a running sauna and the intoxication of alcohol just do not mix.

There have been a lot of studies taken about alcohol and sauna mix and none of them show that the two are a good mix. In Finland, where the sauna was born, and is used the most, they found that when you mix sauna heat and alcohol, serious accidents can and do occur.

I don't mean to completely ruin the party of course; everything is all right as long as it is in moderation. If you have to have alcohol at your sauna party, please try to keep it to a bare minimum before and during the time in the sauna. After everyone has had enough sauna time, feel free to drink more (responsibly, of course!), but if you consume too much alcohol while inside the heat of the sauna room, it may have a bad effect on your body.

The above mentioned studies have all proven that drinking while in the sauna, or even before you go into the sauna, is often the cause of injuries acquired while inside saunas. Some of these injuries have been minor, such as sprained ankles or wrists and minor burns, and some injuries were not so minor, such as head trauma, heart attacks, heat stroke and fainting. I'm sure you can see by now that drinking at a sauna party might not be such a good idea! Not only are these injuries possible when you drink in the sauna, but also, there have been deaths associated with the mix of alcohol and sauna heat.

When you are inside of a hot sauna for any period of time, your heart has to work harder to pump blood to the rest of your body, and consuming alcohol, even if you do not get drunk, can make your heart's job all the more harder, and this will cause some problems to your body. Not only can intoxication harm you while you are in a sauna, but also, if you have had a few drinks the night before and you are hung over, entering a hot sauna can still be detrimental to your health.

Your sauna party can still be fun, even without alcohol. If you have to have alcohol to have fun, you may want to rethink your version of "fun" and get some help. If you still want to have some alcohol, just remember to know your limits, and drink in moderation.
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