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  • You get drunk much faster at high elevation.
  • Alcohol is a diuretic, which contributes to dehydration which already occurs faster due to the marked dryness of the high mountain air, combined with the increased breathing rate from less oxygen. This is a major cause of altitude sickness.
    The diuretic effect of alcohol occurs because it halts the production of the body's anti-diuretic hormone, resulting in you needing to go to the toilet excessively and so speeding up the loss of fluid from your body, leading to dehydration.
  • The body requires more oxygen to metabolize alcohol.
  • Alcohol does not actually make you warmer. The feeling of being warm when you're drinking is due to the fact that alcohol increases the surface blood flow by dilating the capillaries. This gives a fake feeling of warmth because your skin feels warm while your body is actually losing heat that is needed to keep internal organs warm. This can increase your chances of getting hypothermia.


Overproof rum - (75% Alcohol - About double regular rums) is popular because of its high alcohol/oz. value e.g. Lemon Hart 'Demerara' 151, Bacardi® 151, El Dorado.
Note: El Dorado is the signature line of Demerara Distillers, Ltd. in Guyana, but they also produce rums for Lemon Hart and other brands.
Because of its high alcohol content it doubles as a wound disinfectant or fuel for alcohol stoves.

- Bacardi Stinger recipe
1 part amaretto almond liqueur
1 part Bacardi 151 rum
2 parts Coca-Cola®

Hot Cider with Rum
add 1/2 oz. rum to 8 oz. hot apple cider.

Substitute overproof rum for Cptn. Morgan and Mountain Dew

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last updated 1 Feb 2009