At CompleteHomeSpa.com we sure know that hot tubs are synonymous with luxury and a guaranteed way to relax and unwind, be it after a long, hard day, to have some fun times with friends, to romance or just as a daily routine.
Most of us (people) absolutely love the combination of soaking in warm water while sipping on a champers or favorite beverage.
Still, we have to recognize the risks involved! Take precautions to ensure everyone’s safety!
Thus, in this guide, we delve into the ins and outs of drinking in hot tubs, we highlight the necessary safety measures and try to provide additional insights to keep this favorite pastime free from hiccups – well, metaphorically speaking, at least.
- Mood swings
- Poor coordination
- Foggy mind
- Pass out
- High Blood Pressure
- Fatty Liver
- Alcoholic Hepatitis
Heat Intensifies Alcohol Effects
Know your limits!
We all know that alcohol can impair judgment and coordination, making accidents more likely. It’s crucial, therefore, to stay well aware of your alcohol consumption, while considering the effects it can have on you, physically and mentally.
Steamy hot tub heat intensifies alcohol effects to potentially leave you feel lightheaded or dizzy more quickly than usual.
- Stay within your limits!
- Avoid overindulging!
- Remember! Responsible drinking is key to a safe and enjoyable tub experience!
Hydrate A LOT!
Hot tubs do cause dehydration!
The combination of warm water and the heat they generate, combined with the diuretic effects of alcohol, turn dehydration to a bigger risk.
To prevent any avoidable accidents or incidents,
- Make sure you (and your guests) drink plenty of water, both before and during your home hot tub session.
- Staying well-hydrated helps maintain your sense of balance, as well as prevent dizziness or fainting.
- Have a bottle of water in easy reach and sight to remind yourself to stay hydrated.
Hydration is the key to unlocking optimal wellbeing, and the ultimate hot tub experience – especially if you’re going to be indulging in some alcoholic drinks. Before hopping into the tub, drink a big glass of water. We asked JUST Water, and they advised that once in, try to sip intermittently, drinking 4-8 ounces every 15-30 minutes as a general guideline.
Use Plastic or Shatterproof Containers
To prevent accidents and injuries, use plastic or shatterproof containers both in, and in the vicinity of, a hot tub.
Broken glass is always risky and it’s even more problematic with a bunch of bare feet stomping around a hot tub.
- Opt instead for plastic cups or bottles to ensure everyone’s safety and avoid any mishaps.
- Avoid bringing any sharp objects or fragile items anywhere near the hot tub (let alone in it) to further minimize the risk of accidents.
Not to mention the risk of hardware damage for your piping and pump (if present), note pros at My Plumber (UK). Even a tiny piece could cause severe (and costly) damage, experts add.
Safe Water Temperature & Heat Exhaustion
Hot tubs are designed to maintain water temperature between 100 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit (37 to 40 degrees Celsius).
Higher temperatures, especially when combined with alcohol, lead to overheating.
Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and avoid adjusting the temperature to excessive levels! However tempting to go higher, find a comfortable balance between warmth and safety, and if it’s just too cold outside, take your partying indoors.
Avoid Prolonged Exposure
While spending hours lolling about in a relaxing hot tub is quite the attractive prospect for most, it’s important not to spend an excessive amount of time soaking, especially when consuming alcohol.
Extended exposure to high temperatures lead to overheating, dehydration, and even cardiovascular issues.
So, partying hot-tubbers should commit to
- Take regular breaks;
- Make sure to step out of the hot tub every here and there;
- Give your body time to cool down;
- Listening to your body’s signals;
- Practice moderation is the best way to avoid any hot tub mishaps.
Hot Tub Safety Rules
Hot tubs are fun, rules are not.
Nevertheless, it’s essential to always abide by basic hot tub safety rules, for your safety and that of others.
Simple guidelines include:
- Never use the hot tub alone! Have someone nearby to help and/or provide assistance if needed
- Avoid submerging your head underwater, ideally at all, but certainly for any extended periods, especially when under the influence of alcohol
- Keep the hot tub covered and secure when not in use, to prevent accidents or unauthorized access
- Follow manufacturer guidelines for cleaning and maintaining the hot tub to ensure its safety and longevity
- If you have any medical conditions or are taking medications, consult your doctor before using a hot tub, especially if you’re planning on spending time bobbing about in one at the same time as indulging in alcoholic beverages.
Assign The Responsible Person
When you host a gathering where alcohol and hot tubs are an inevitable mix, designate the most responsible person in your party to oversee it all!.
This person should be then responsible for ensuring that everyone follows the safety guidelines and prevents any potential accidents.
It’s always good to keep a beady eye on everybody’s alcohol consumption in general and intervene, if necessary…
Having a designated individual who is aware of the safety precautions adds an extra layer of security for everyone involved – just get everyone on board with the concept to avoid any pushbacks – after all, the designated caretaker doesn’t deserve to have a negative experience when they are willing to take such a level of responsibility for everyone’s safety.
Educate Your Guests
If you’re inviting guests around to enjoy some hot tub action, it’s essential to educate everybody about the potential risks and safety measures – this may not seem very party-friendly, but not everyone is familiar with hot tub safety (even mermaids), and it’s simply not worth taking the risk.
- Provide clear instructions on how to use the hot tub safely.
- Make sure everyone fully understands the guidelines.
- Encourage open communication.
- Emphasize the importance of responsible drinking.
- Promote awareness and openness around the subject.
You can create a safer environment in which all participants feel comfortable speaking up if they feel safety is being compromised.
While outdoor hot tubs can be enjoyed year-round, it’s essential to consider the weather conditions you are contending with, especially when drinking alcohol is involved.
Extreme heat or cold can affect our body’s response to alcohol, as well as increase the risk of dehydration, overheating and questionable decisions.
Be mindful of the weather before deciding to combine drinking and hot tub use, and adjust your plans accordingly, to ensure a comfortable and safe experience for everyone.
Once everyone has had enough hot tub soaking, it’s crucial to take precautions. Alcohol can further impair coordination and judgment, so it’s best to avoid activities that require focus or physical exertion immediately after leaving the hot tub.
- Take your time to cool down.
- Rehydrate before jumping eagerly into any other activities.
This allows your body to readjust and reduce the risk of accidents or injuries.
Tubs & Drinks – Final Thoughts
Drinking and hot tubs sure sounds like a fun combination, and it’s a perfectly reasonable idea so long as it’s approached with caution and responsibility.
Remember to drink responsibly, stay well-hydrated, and follow the guidelines provided by the hot tub manufacturer. Prioritizing safety will allow you to fully relax and enjoy the experience without compromising your or your guests’ well-being.
Author: Dmitri Kara
Started as a jack of all trades back in early 2012, Dmitri Kara is a recognized expert in a wide range of domestic and commercial trades. Dmitri Kara has appeared for reputable outlets such as Today.com, Metro.News, Telegraph.co.uk, ReadersDigest.com, Quote.com, Reviews.com, Plus.net, IkeaHackers.net, and many more. You can get in touch at https://twitter.com/@dmitrikara.