THE EFFECT OF ALCOHOL ON BODY HEAT LOSS

Authors
  1. Livingstone, S.D.
  2. Kuehn, L.A.
  3. Limmer, R.E.
  4. Weatherson, B.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
The effect of the ingestion of alcohol on cooling in seminude human subjects was examined at 25 and 30C in air ; in heavily clothed individuals at -23C in air; and nude subjects in a water calorimeter at 25C. It was observed that consumption of the equivalent of five bar whiskey drinks did not affect the cooling rate of subjects as measured by infrared techniques or by thermistors. Total heat loss, measured in the calorimeter, was also not affected by drinking alcohol. It is concluded that the ingestion of alcohol does not cause an increase in cooling rate in humans.
Report Number
77-P-34 — Research Paper
Date of publication
15 Sep 1980
Number of Pages
4
Reprinted from
J of Aviat Space Environ Med, vol 51, no 9, 1980, p 961-964
DSTKIM No
85-00018
CANDIS No
44859
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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