The Essentials

Alcohol and Altitude

Before you order alcohol on your next flight, consider the latest research from the Institute of Aerospace Medicine.

 

It found that drinking alcohol on planes and then sleeping actually increases the risk of a heart attack.

 

The researchers compared sleep on the ground to sleep in the air, and then sleep without alcohol and sleep with alcohol.

 

And the passengers who drank alcohol on their flights experienced the most heightened heart rates and the lowest oxygen blood levels that could pose a serious strain on the cardiac system, even with young passengers.

 

It’s something to think about the next time you want to drink alcohol at altitude.