There’s A Surprising Reason Why You Should Never Drink In The Sun

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We know that telling you to avoid drinking on the beach, at a pool party or at your favorite rooftop bar sounds ridiculous. But hear us out. You’re probably already aware of dehydration risks and the need to reapply sunscreen, but there’s another factor you need to consider: an increased risk of skin cancer from what you drink.

Yep, drinking alcohol can have a significant effect on your skin, especially when it’s already vulnerable due to the sun. The American Association for Cancer Research studied over 210,252 participants, who were followed over an 18.3-year period. The subjects answered questions on how often they drink, how often they drink outside and how many drinks they typically have in a day.

The results suggested that overall, drinking in the sun increases a person’s chance of developing melanoma by 73 percent compared to people who don’t drink in the sun. Here’s why: the ethanol in alcohol metabolizes into acetaldehyde, which can cause carcinogenesis. White wine was the biggest culprit, for reasons unknown to the researchers. Excessive drinking was also a major factor.

We’ll always tell you to lather on the sunscreen, but consider keeping yourself in the shade or covered while drinking outside. The risk is too big not to take seriously.

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