Alcohol and Urge incontinence: excessive drinking can increase symptoms

Urge incontinence is a common form of bladder problem where you have an urgent need to pass urine. Most times you may have an episode of leakage before you are able to make it to the bathroom. Bladder control problems can in fact be caused by everyday habits such as excessive drinking. You need to understand that the urgency to pass urine is a symptom and that it can be treated.

Excessive alcohol consumption can increase symptoms

The symptoms of incontinence may be aggravated with excessive alcohol consumption. When you start drinking alcohol in excess it tends to relax the muscles of the bladder and a leakage is most likely to happen. Even a simple activity like cough or sneeze can result in a leak and this can leave you embarrassed. You may have to keep running to the washroom multiple times and this can affect your day to day life.

The kidneys increase the production of urine when you drink in excess and this can stimulate the bladder resulting in worsening of the condition. You may have to reduce the intake to see any significant change in the symptoms. Reduce the intake gradually so that the body gets adjusted to the change.

If you are not able to reduce the consumption of alcohol, it can aggravate the bladder problem and this can affect your personal and professional life. If you are not able to cut this habit completely, you can try to limit yourself to a couple of drinks each day.

Controlling the intake of all types of liquid is not necessary. You can continue drinking normal water but may have to control the intake of other beverages. If your condition worsens even after you stop excessive drinking, it is best to consult your physician as they may be able to determine the exact cause of the problem and suggest remedial action.