Doctors warn summer boaters of dehydration dangers

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 4:45pm

More and more boaters are taking to Louisiana waterways for summer fun, but doctors are warning residents that drowning isn't the only danger, especially if you'll be drinking alcohol while in the heat.

Doctors at Our Lady of the Lake said that alcohol can disorient you, and you may not be able to recognize how dehydrated you are. They also said that if you're in a boat or lying on the beach, and you start feeling light-headed, you need to cut back on the booze.

"I don't think there is a definite ratio, but I think a good common sense rule is two glasses of water for every alcoholic drink - that's a decent way to start," stated Katherine Pearce, M.D.

Doctors tell boaters to watch out for these signs of heat sickness: fatigue, excess sweating, vomiting, and rapid heartbeat.

If you or someone you know feels ill, make sure to get them to some place cool and give them plenty of cold water.


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