Myth #4: Beer makes you pee (more than other alcoholic drinks)
It’s not just beer. In fact, all alcohol makes you pee -- sorry! It does feel like you’re heading for the bathroom more often on a beer-only night, but that’s only because you’re drinking a higher volume of beer than, say, tequila (we hope).
In other words, downing four beers equals throwing back four tequila shots in terms of the amount of ethanol going into your body, but in the first case you just drank 48 ounces of fluid, and in the second case only 6 ounces (unless your bartender is being especially generous with the pours). “Alcoholic beverages are all part water, so it is contributing to your total body fluid,” explains dietitian and fitness expert Juli Huddleston. “Even 100-proof liquor is 50% water.”
However, you’re still going to urinate more than you would if you had drank the same amount of a non-adult beverage. Alcohol blocks your body’s production of an antidiuretic hormone called vasopressin, which prevents your body from getting rid of too much water. When you stop making it, this is exactly what happens. Huddleston’s advice? “Double fist your alcoholic beverage with a glass of water.”