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Old 06-29-2013, 04:09 PM
Location: God's Country
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People here have suggested that the low sodium can be attributed to the dehydration effects of alcohol. While this may be true to an extent for the more moderate drinker, it's my understanding that the main reason for low sodium caused by beer intake is because the drinker is taking in fluid that contains no electrolytes. In other words, there's hardly any solutes in beer. You become bloated with water, excessive hydration rather than dehydration. The delicate balance between sodium and water is knocked out of whack and this can result in serious medical sequelae.

In fact, this is known as potomania or beer drinkers' hyponatremia. It's my further understanding that the beer intake to warrant this diagnosis is "massive" along with a poor diet.
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