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Drinking the Night before a dive

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by jrasch, Jul 12, 2013.

  1. jrasch

    jrasch Angel Fish

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    I will be going on a cruise in Novemeber and since I am on vacation with the group of people I am with we will be drinking alot of sctoch. I have found a few posts on here but nothing specifically answered the question so I wanted to check and see what the rules are.

    Is there any amount of time I should have in between drinking and diving, if I am drinking the night before? It seems from what I ready ideally if you are not hungover the next day and drink a lot of water you should be ok is this fairly accurate?
     
  2. grantwiscour

    grantwiscour Regular of the Pub

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    Everybody is different but I don't think it is a good idea to do a lot of drinking the night before diving. I know lots of people do (I've seen some of them puking off the side of the boat).

    I called a day of diving on Monday while on the Guanaja in the Bay Islands. I was dehydrated and thought it would be a good day to stay out of the water since I had put down more than a few chilled vodka shots.
     
  3. Superlyte27

    Superlyte27 Cave Instructor

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    I don't drink at all, never have, ever. But, I have a dive buddy who ONLY drinks Alcohol. Once in a while, he drinks Orange Juice, but usually, it's just beer or margaritas. PERIOD. Honestly, I'm surprised at 55'ish years old, he's still alive. But, apparently what we thought about dehydration a decade ago, and how it relates to DCS isn't as important as we once thought (according to the experts like DAN, not me).

    What I do know is that I won't place my safety or the reputation of my teaching status in the hands of someone who is drinking. Dehydrated I might not be able to argue, but drunk isn't going to happen on a dive with me.
     
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  4. robertarak

    robertarak NAUI Instructor

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    The Air Force uses a 12 hour alcohol wash out period before flying Jets (so I have heard). That is my scuba rule for recreational dives.
     
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  5. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Alert Diver | Drinking and Diving: Is It Safe?

    Edit:
    I guess that article is about actually diving drunk rather than diving hung over. Sorry, good read but I guess not exactly what you're looking for.

    Maybe try to keep it to less than a bottle per person per night? :O

    I had a few drinks on a Key Largo trip a few months ago before diving the next day. Didn't feel so hot the next morning on the boat and wished I hadn't. Since then, I just don't drink the night before a dive. I decided it wasn't a good practice, and I like diving more than drinking.
     
  6. Tortuga68

    Tortuga68 Divemaster

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    lol "the rules"

    If you don't have the sense to know that's a stupid question then just go for it

    Your profile says "not certified" - are you planning on doing your OW or DSD?
     
  7. jrasch

    jrasch Angel Fish

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    I start my Cert on Tuesday and plan on making several dives before I go on the cruise in Novemeber.


    How is it a stupid question? I dont plan on going diving while drunk that is stupid. I am wondering if I should drink at all for 24 hours before I go diving or if a few sctochs is ok. I know it takes about an hour for the affects of alcohol to wear off thats why they say 1 beer per hour or 1 oz hard liqour per hour.

    I just want to know what is suggested if I will be diving around 10am should I stop drinking at 10pm regardless of if I have just 1 or 5 or nothing for atleast 24 hours.

    ---------- Post added July 12th, 2013 at 02:44 PM ----------

    Thanks for the info but this doesnt answer my question. I am not going to be drinking while diving. I am just wondering if I want to enjoy a few scotchs the day before while on vacation if I should stop at a certain time.
     
  8. Superlyte27

    Superlyte27 Cave Instructor

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    To answer your question....

    Don't get sloppy drunk the night before and you'll be fine. A few scotches that concludes before say 11pm, and you should be fine by 8am.
     
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  9. knotical

    knotical perpetual student

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    From Alex Brylske’s article at: Alcohol, Nicotine & Divers here’s one set of guidelines:

     
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  10. Tortuga68

    Tortuga68 Divemaster

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    That seems like reasonable advice to me albeit some will consider it on the 'sporty' side


    It was a stupid question because you didn't provide any parameters before. I guess your real question is "how many drinks can I have before diving the next day" and even that is vague because as most people know the effects of alcohol will vary according to metabolism, weight, sex, food consumption and various other factors.

    I guess what you're really asking is how much is it safe to drink the night before diving, again that will vary depending on your personal circumstances - you'll get different answers ranging from nothing within 24/12 hours to whatever people's personal idea of safety is.

    Since you mentioned 1 hour/standard drink you obviously have some concept of that, although the fact that you mispelled 'scotch' twice leads me to think you should be asking how long you should wait between drinking and posting on scubaboard

    My standard answer would be 12 hours, but it depends how much and what you are drinking, and if you're a new diver then erring on the safe side will make it a more enjoyable experience - puking through a reg is NOT fun, believe me I know
     

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