Because of the numbing of bodily sensations and the inability to act rationally when inebriated, many alcohol dependent individuals still fail to drink the water their body needs—often interpreting thirst as the need for another alcoholic beverage. If the signs of alcohol related dehydration continue to be ignored, alcohol dependent individuals can experience dehydration that requires hospitalization in order to treat.
In some cases, alcohol related dehydration can lead to overheating and death. Other possible consequences include the increased potential for driving under the influence. Fortunately, many inpatient alcohol recovery centers will ensure that alcohol dependent individuals receive adequate hydration as part of their physical recovery process. For additional services, to schedule a DUI-Related Substance Abuse Evaluation, contact Stonewall Institute at 602-535-6468