Is “Breaking the Seal” When You’re Drunk True?- There Is No Scientific Evidence That Backs This Up
Everyone knows you’re not supposed to go to the bathroom too early in the night when you’re drinking. Why’s that? It’s a rule we all learn young: breaking the seal. Once you break the seal, you’ll keep going to the bathroom over and over. However, is there any truth to that old college rumor? The answer is no. “Breaking the seal” is a myth and won’t make you go to the bathroom more.
Instead of trusting your drunk friend Andy, take our advice from an actual doctor. Dr. Courtenay Moore is a urologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. She’s saying there’s absolutely no scientific evidence behind “breaking the seal.”
“Last week we were at a dinner party and someone asked us this question. I looked it up. There is no physiological basis. There are theories as to why this happens,” explains Dr. Courtenay Moore. Moore says that she has heard all sorts of crazy theories as to why people pee more while drinking, including that you urinate more because your sphincter contracts, which is completely untrue.”
“Breaking the seal” will remain an urban legend for all of time but let’s face the real facts: alcohol does have a real impact on the bladder and the urge to urinate. Drinking alcohol intensifies the need to go.
When people drink, they consume more liquids than usual; pair that with the body sending the unabsorbed water directly to the bladder, and it’s no surprise people feel more urgency. And once the drinking starts, the body goes through a vicious cycle.”
So if you drink more, you’ll have to go more. Keep tubthumping, and drink safe as always. Now for your pleasure: Tubthumping!
[via NBC News]