Here’s the science behind ‘breaking the seal’ on a night out

Have you ever been on a night out drinking, but avoid taking a trip to the toilet earlier in the night, because you don’t want to ‘break the seal’.

Apparently it could take between three to four pints into a drinking session without needing to make the trip to the toilet. That means that you’d be taking in over two litres of liquid.

Many of us after that will find that we have to excuse ourselves are every single drink, which becomes annoying. But why is that a thing? And is there a way that you can avoid ‘breaking the seal’?

Holding it in won’t make you need to go to the toilet less, but apparently there is actually some science behind why it feels like you need to go all the time.


But why does it happen?

Firstly, alcohol is a diuretic, which means you need to go to the loo more. More than the amount you actually consume. DrinkAware says that you need to excrete 10 milliliters of urine for every gram of alcohol you take in.

Click next for more reasons why and what you can do to stop it…

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