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Alcohol increases hypothermia danger

Dr. Drew Payne (Source: KCBD Video) Dr. Drew Payne (Source: KCBD Video)

The CDC has found in all the deaths from hypothermia, alcohol was a factor in one in 10 cases.

Dr. Drew Payne, an internist, explains why alcohol works against you in very cold weather.

He says, "Your body actually cools down quicker by having alcohol in it. The other thing it does is it takes away the body's ability to shiver. Shivering is a protective effect the body has by generating heat and energy. So, alcohol stops that from happening and cools you down faster than you would otherwise."

But hypothermia is not just a problem outside.

A lot of the deaths from hypothermia come to the elderly inside their own homes because they are not heated properly. So, Dr. Payne says as we head into the New Year, and ultimately into more freezing temperatures, remember to check on grandparents or neighbors who may be alone in winter weather.

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