A dram of joy is frequently associated with bodily warmth. Especially in our country where we are driven by the traditional perceptions, the summer and winter drinks are vividly categorised. Beer chugs help us sail through the summers whereas whisky hails out our winters.
As the frosty warm October blues crawl in, we pull out our favourite malts and raise it to the season ahead, but what is it with Whisky that makes us feel all warm and cosy ?
As the whisky cascades down your throat, your body processes the alcohol which then promotes the dilation of blood. Blood hurries from the hot core of your body and fills the blood vessels near your skin, making your body feel warm.
Your skin, which thinks it’s hot, will sweat and fire signals in your brain to cool off, even have you remove the extra layers of clothing.
But will the warmth sustain ?
No, the warmth is indeed temporary. Instead, the core temperature of the body will fall.
Those same veins pumping blood closer to the skin’s surface cause you to lose core body heat as the rush of blood to the skin’s surface is a means of body cooling. So you may feel warm on the outside but you are getting cold inside. The rapid drop often occurs without the drinker realizing it.
Once you get that initial sensation of warmth, your body starts sweating, that brings down your body temperature and when the outside hits your sweat, it can further destabalize your body temperature.
How do you approach it ?
The age-old practice of consuming whiskies and allied hard spirit’s just to keep the body warm in cold weather is the exact opposite of what you should do. Summers dont want to restrict you off your blended malts, or winters do not want you to shy away from the oozing pints.
So rather than taking the old town road filled with beliefs, let’s just raise our toasts to the occasions, the mood or just an evening of solace.
Sip in, but we recommend you don’t just rely on your drink to help you through the low temperatures. Stay covered and heated and then if you are too tempted to gulp down some more of your barley bree share, you very well may as the Irish proverb says,
” What whiskey will not cure, there is no cure for.”