Whenever the weather gets chilly, all you want to do is stay indoors and drink a nice hot chocolate. But sometimes you may want something a little stronger, and scientists are explaining why.
A new study says there's a connection between cold temperatures, hours of sunlight and alcohol consumption. Researchers used data from 193 countries and found that places with colder climates have higher rates of binge drinking and liver disease than warmer places.
Scientifically speaking, it makes sense that people would drink when it's cold. Alcohol is a vasodilator, meaning it relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow to the skin. So it does in fact make you feel warmer.
But there's also an emotional reason as well. Colder places also tend to have lower amounts of sunlight, particularly in the winter. And other studies show that places with less sunlight also results in more people feeling depressed. So what do some people do when they're feeling sad in the cold, dark winter nights? Drink!
So perhaps if you're worried about drinking too much, you should try moving to a warmer environment. Or just continue drinking your sorrows away in your cold lonely tundra.