Is ‘Breaking the Seal’ When You Drink Alcohol Really a Thing?

I’m no stranger to hearing my friends warn that I’m “breaking the seal” as I hurry to the bar bathroom. As someone who tends to drink a lot of water, I’m pretty used to constantly having to relieve myself. That need can feel even more urgent after adding alcohol to the mix. This raises the question: Is breaking the seal actually a thing, or is it a funny lie we tell ourselves—and our bladders?

“Breaking the seal” refers to the notion that if you pee after drinking alcohol, you’re breaking some kind of biological seal that will result in you needing to pee excessively for the rest of the night. (Thank you to the always handy Urban Dictionary for laying it out so clearly.) In contrast, the theory goes that if you drink the same amount of alcohol but don’t let yourself pee until the booze is out of your system, your urge to go won’t be nearly as strong.

The term “breaking the seal” has no basis in science.

There’s no such thing as a “seal” that you break when you pee for the first time after drinking alcohol, Benjamin Brucker, M.D., associate professor in the departments of urology and obstetrics and gynecology at NYU Langone Health, tells SELF. But it can certainly feel that way. To understand why, let’s dive into how your body processes fluids.

After you drink something, your kidneys filter the liquid, producing the waste and excess fluid you know as pee, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Your urine goes through tubes called ureters to the bladder. Once your bladder fills up—usually holding about 1.5 to 2 cups of urine at a time—it sends a “hey, where’s the toilet?” signal to your brain. When you do actually let loose that stream, you’re emptying your bladder to make more room for more urine.

Notice that you didn’t see any mention of a “seal” or anything like it in that explanation. “There’s not really any seal, so to speak,” Dr. Brucker says.

But it is true that drinking alcohol can make you produce more pee.

It’s totally normal to feel like you’re kicking off a string of bathroom trips with that first pee break, Blaine Kristo, M.D., a urologist at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, tells SELF. And you really might have to pee a ton when you drink, but that’s not because a seal is involved.

Alcohol has a diuretic effect on the body, meaning that it causes increased urination. Although the relationship here isn’t fully understood, a lot of this seems to come down to the fact that alcohol suppresses a hormone in your body called vasopressin (also known as antidiuretic hormone). Vasopressin tells your kidneys to absorb less fluid from your bloodstream, meaning you don’t create as much pee. “By suppressing the release of vasopressin, alcohol causes excess urination,” George F. Koob, Ph.D., director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, tells SELF.

Koob also points out that alcohol can irritate the bladder, which can contribute to excessive peeing in some people. This doesn’t happen to everyone, but if you have a condition like interstitial cystitis, which causes bladder pressure and frequent urination, it can be more of a problem.

Beyond that, your drinking habits might make you pee more. If you’re drinking a lot (or taking the smart step of alternating each alcoholic beverage with water), there’s the simple fact that you might be taking in more fluid in a shorter time period than usual.

You probably also give the fluid some time to build up in your system, leading to you feeling like a racehorse once you sit on the toilet. “The first time you go to the bathroom after [drinking], usually that’s happening after you’ve been there for a while and have been consuming a fair amount of liquid,” Dr. Brucker says. The thing is that this liquid doesn’t all become urine at once. Even as you pee, you might still be processing earlier drinks. “Your body is continuing to filter out that fluid,” Dr. Brucker explains.

All of these factors can make it seem you spend half of your drinking nights in the bathroom. Unless you’re peeing so much that you’re regularly surpassing the average urinary frequency (four to eight times a day), this is just an annoying fact of life, not something to worry about.

Don’t hold in your pee for fear of breaking a metaphorical seal.

To be clear, chances are extremely low that anything bad will happen if you ignore the call of nature here and there. Sometimes you just need to hear about how your friend’s latest Bumble date ended, and before you know it, the night has passed without a single bathroom trip.

However, regularly holding in your pee can theoretically put you at higher risk for urinary tract infections. The more you pee, the more you can flush out any bacteria lurking in your urinary tract, ready to wreak infectious havoc, the Mayo Clinic explains. Of course, some people can hold in their pee for a long time and be just fine, so a lot of your risk may depend on how UTI-prone you are.

There’s no way to curb alcohol-related peeing except for drinking less.

Not to be a buzzkill, but it’s true. “The best strategy for reducing excess urination as a result of drinking alcohol is to drink less alcohol,” Koob says.

OK, fine, you could try choosing drinks with urine output in mind, Dr. Brucker says, like by opting for a smaller cocktail over a huge one. Even then, at some point, what goes in must come out.

Related:

https://www.self.com/story/breaking-the-seal-myth-or-fact, GO TO SAUBIO DIGITAL FOR MORE ANSWERS AND INFORMATION ON ANY TOPIC



Take a look at our comprehensive guide to the best and most popular information ebooks and products available today on Detoxing, Colon Cleansing, Weight Loss and Dating and Romance. They are all in one spot, easy to find and compere to make a quick selection for the product that best fits your needs or wants.

So browse through a category and make your  preferred selection and come back here to read  more choice articles and get a few more helpful tips on ways to help your enhancement.



Detoxing Reviews

Best Body Detoxification Guides & reviews





Colon Cleanse Reviews

Best Colon Cleanse Guides & Reviews








227 thoughts on “Is ‘Breaking the Seal’ When You Drink Alcohol Really a Thing?

  1. Pingback: ivermectin 50 mg
  2. Pingback: viagra kaufen
  3. Pingback: cheap azathioprine
  4. Pingback: loperamide 2 mg nz
  5. Pingback: sumatriptan coupon
  6. Pingback: viagra and alcohol
  7. Pingback: wzkzjcmx
  8. Pingback: permethrin coupon
  9. Pingback: trazodone purchase
  10. Pingback: divalproex tablet
  11. Pingback: buy clozapine
  12. Pingback: viagra prank
  13. Pingback: cefuroxime usa
  14. Pingback: cheap anastrozole
  15. Pingback: cheapest meclizine
  16. Pingback: zyvox 600mg pills
  17. Pingback: zovirax purchase
  18. Pingback: home
  19. Pingback: cialis 5mg generic
  20. Pingback: wellbutrin usa
  21. Pingback: voltaren 50mg uk
  22. Pingback: verapamil pills
  23. Pingback: valtrex pharmacy
  24. Pingback: tricor cheap
  25. Pingback: toprol 50mg pills
  26. Pingback: spiriva 9mcg cost
  27. Pingback: rogaine coupon
  28. Pingback: how to buy robaxin
  29. Pingback: revatio pharmacy
  30. Pingback: reglan nz
  31. Pingback: pulmicort tablets
  32. Pingback: prilosec australia
  33. Pingback: buy prednisolone
  34. Pingback: cheap plaquenil
  35. Pingback: phenergan 25mg uk
  36. Pingback: periactin tablets
  37. Pingback: viagra history
  38. Pingback: motrin generic
  39. Pingback: mobic canada
  40. Pingback: buy lady viagra
  41. Pingback: cost of macrobid
  42. Pingback: lopressor 50mg usa
  43. Pingback: buy levaquin
  44. Pingback: imuran 50 mg cheap
  45. Pingback: read review
  46. Pingback: imitrex cheap
  47. Pingback: dramamine otc
  48. Pingback: diltiazem cheap
  49. Pingback: diamox online
  50. Pingback: cymbalta cost
  51. Pingback: crestor 5 mg uk
  52. Pingback: buy viagra jelly
  53. Pingback: coreg pills
  54. Pingback: combivent canada
  55. Pingback: cheap clomid
  56. Pingback: essay buy
  57. Pingback: essay help
  58. Pingback: fake essay writer
  59. Pingback: buy essay online
  60. Pingback: assignment define
  61. Pingback: buy female viagra
  62. Pingback: cbd capsules
  63. Pingback: cbd pills for sale
  64. Pingback: viagra pro online
  65. Pingback: payday loans nj
  66. Pingback: best insurance car
  67. Pingback: casino online
  68. Pingback: casino slot games
  69. Pingback: online casino
  70. Pingback: best casino games
  71. Pingback: free slots online
  72. Pingback: buy cipro 750mg
  73. Pingback: celexa 10mg price
  74. Pingback: order celebrex
  75. Pingback: buy ceclor
  76. Pingback: bayer cialis
  77. Pingback: cialis cipla
  78. Pingback: generic viagra
  79. Pingback: viagra generic
  80. Pingback: cialis online nz

Leave a Reply