Bedwetting and Alcohol Drinking in Adults

Bedwetting problems often arise for those who go out and have a big night drinking alcohol, sometimes they experience urinating during their sleep that doesn’t arise when they don't consume as much alcohol as they normally would. This type of bedwetting is still a form of nocturnal enuresis, but it differs from normal bedwetting problems in that it is specifically caused by excess alcohol consumption.

Alcohol is the main trigger factor in these cases, and because alcohol is a diuretic, excess consumption causes the body to try to expel it as quickly as it can, meaning you need to urinate much more often. Going to sleep doesn’t always eleviate this, and the body will still reject excess liquids that it has trouble processing - leading to bedwetting during the night, often more than once. Lets look at why the body rejects the alcoholic liquids, and why this turns into bedwetting problems. As we know, the liver and kidneys process alcohol out of our bloodstream and convert the excess fluids into urine. This process is hurried along when we drink excess amounts, because your body works hard to return to normality and purge the extra alcohol. At night, if you have consumed a lot, even in your bed your body is still attempting this process, and bedwetting is the consequence.

When you combine this with the fact that being ‘drunk’ often makes you tired and of poor judgement, your bodies normal signals to you, to get up and go to the toilet (to avoid bedwetting) might be ignored in place of that comfortable, long sleep you desire.

So its important that if you do find yourself wetting the bed during a night after having alcohol, that you are aware of this before you start drinking. The only way to end this problem is to limit your alcohol consumption and ensure your body can handle what you put into it. Aside from not bed wetting, and a dry nights sleep, there are numerous other health benefits to giving up excess alcohol consumption. Prolonged and heavy drinking can lead to alcohol poisoning which is a very real threat to your health, if you find you drink enough to regularly wet the bed at night. Also, consider your partner. If they are having to share a wet bed with you, while you are heavily asleep, that is impacting their life also. There is much more than just bedwetting to be cured, when you make the decision to give up excessive alcohol drinking.

Lydia and her girls

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