While it has often been said that “desperate times call for desperate measures”, there are few if any situations that are less dire than a surprise drug test. Granted, the internet offers an abundance of search results and advice for detoxifying your system prior to getting tested for marijuana. Unfortunately, some advice is questionable, if not unreliable such as the contention that alcohol can help with the detoxification process. Read on as we dissect this notion.
Diuretic Effects of Alcohol
Your pituitary gland secretes an anti-diuretic hormone called vasopressin whenever you get thirsty. This minimizes the rate at which urine is produced and helps your body preserve water. Alcohol reduces how much vasopressin the body releases. Therefore, as less vasopressin is produced, you release more water as urine. Consequently, it follows then that drinking more alcohol will cause you to urinate more often and thereby increase the rate that you remove THC from your body.
So will drinking alcohol help you pass that unexpected drug test? Although studies have shown that consuming alcohol might help someone lose weight, it probably won’t burn enough fat to help you pass a drug test. While the rule of thumb is that drinking 8 oz. of alcohol daily will help you burn fat, there are certain variables that will derail the idea that it will enable you to pass a drug test. For example, the type of alcohol you drink and your percentage of body fat could negate the desired results.
Drinking Alcohol to burn Fat and pass a Drug Test
Part of the misconception that alcohol could help you pass a drug test is based on the idea that alcohol may have fat-burning qualities. While it has been suggested that you can lose weight by drinking alcohol, there isn’t any concrete evidence to support that other than the fact that you will lose weight if you substitute alcohol for solid food. So where is the correlation between drinking alcohol and passing a drug test?
When you smoke marijuana, your body uses the THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol in cannabis by turning it into metabolites that are stored in your fat cells. By burning fat cells, the metabolites are released into the bloodstream and eventually released from your body in your urine. However, despite all the other effects that alcohol has on the human body, burning enough fat cells to pass a drug test isn’t one of them.
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