Hidden risks of drinking alcohol in cold weather explained

By Sean Dowling, Buzz60

Drinking more to stay warm could have dangerous consequences -- but, what about the warm feeling you get when you take a sip?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the false sense of warmth doesn't translate to overall body temperature.

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In fact, drinking alcohol in the cold lowers your core temperature. Hypothermia can set in if your body drops below 95 degrees.

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Hot chocolate recipes for those cold winter nights
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Hot chocolate recipes for those cold winter nights

Mexican Cocoa 

"One of the best things I've experienced is Mexican Hot Cocoa.  Although I have fond memories of my midwestern cup of chocolate, this has it beat by a snow covered mile!" - Today's Nest

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Lavender Hot Chocolate

"This recipe adds a decadent component of elegance by incorporating lavender into your mug, which warms your senses as well as your taste buds." - Seasonally Jane

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Pink Hot Chocolate

"Pour into mug, cozy up on the couch, & binge watch Netflix. Enjoy!" - Public Lives Secret Recipes

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Spiced Almond Hot Chocolate

"Made with unsweetened almond milk and dark chocolate, spiced with warm aromatics, like cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom, this lighter hot chocolate is ideal for treating yourself frequently all winter long." - Sweet and Savory

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Mexican Hot Chocolate

"I love Mexican hot chocolate, waaay more than regular. I mean… Of course I’ll drink and enjoy the occasional good ol’ hot chocolate. But if you ask me: “Do you want regular hot chocolate ooooor MEXICAN hot chocolate?”, I will definitely pick the latter." - Olivia's Cuisine

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So why do you feel warm? Alcohol widens blood vessels under the skin, so they fill with warm blood.

This can make you flushed or feel hot. However, in the cold, that can lead to hypothermia, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Those with heart conditions should avoid drinking in cold weather, because their bodies may be under more strain from the harsh conditions.

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