1 in 5 Americans admit to drinking more when the temperature drops.
Winter is here, and for much of the country, that means freezing temperatures and frosty days spent indoors with our fireplaces ablaze. When the snow is falling, your favorite warm winter drink might be calling – perhaps it’s spicy mulled wine or the whiskey received as a Christmas gift.
In order of preference, the top five drinks Americans indulge in on a chilly winter’s night include:
4. Irish Cream Liqueur
5. Hot Toddy
In frigid temperatures, it might be tempting to pour yourself a nightcap, to warm up a bit – in fact, the survey found that more than 1 in 10 (12%) say they drink alcohol in winter for that very reason. This seems logical – drinks such as a hot toddy and mulled cider, which are served piping hot, must lead to an increase in body temperature, right? Actually, it doesn’t. Alcohol acts as a vasodilator and causes blood vessels to dilate. This effect creates a sensation of feeling warm – however, alcohol takes heat from your vital organs and conversely lowers your core temperature. Alarmingly, the survey revealed that 1 in 10 people also believe alcohol can protect against hypothermia.