Is ‘Breaking The Seal’ A Myth? Here's What Science Says


You go out with the friends for drinks probably partying.  After a couple of beers, that sensation comes!  Now you feel like you have to pee but you know that once you pee the first time that will open the flood gates and you will contiuously have to pee for the rest of the night.  

Veteran drinkers call it breaking the seal.  

Here's what scientist say about this...

Alcohol starts messing with your organs as soon as you start drinking thanks to its ability to make your brain stop doing the things it normally does to allow you to be a functioning human being.

One of the first victims are the kidneys, which usually rely on a substance called “vasopressin” whose job is to suppress your urge to urinate (it’s what’s responsible for making sure you don’t have to wake up every three hours to use the bathroom at night).

The kidneys are responsible for reabsorbing water back into your body but drinking causes them to work about as hard as a mall cop on night duty, which leads to more fluid being diverted to the bladder (and results in an unquenchable thirst for Gatorade when you wake up with a hangover).

Alcohol serves as a diuretic and drinking makes your kidneys decide dealing with water is someone else’s problem, which results in more liquid getting channeled directly into your bladder.

As if that wasn’t enough, one expert says alcohol may also irritate nerves in the bladder, and this combination of factors can lead to an increased urge to urinate as you continue to drink over the course of the evening (or day. Or morning. I’m not judging you).

It takes some time for these effects to kick in which means it can take a while until you reach a point where the seal has to be broken.

However, simply opening the floodgates will have no impact on how much you’ll urinate after your inaugural pee. Your kidneys get less effective with every drink, which is the real reason you have to go more frequently as you continue to imbibe.

It’s also commonly accepted that people consume more liquid than usual when they drink, so it’s only natural that you’re going to make more trips to the bathroom than you normally would.

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Terry J

Terry J

Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I graduated from Louisiana State University (LSU) and yes, I bleed Purple and Gold. Love food! I try to be very active love to watch and participate in sports as well as going for runs throughout the... Read more


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