When the temperatures rise, the risk for heat-related illness increases. Alcohol and caffeine can contribute and increase the risk of dehydration and heat exhaustion. The reason is that both alcohol and caffeine are diuretics and increase your dehydration if you consume them together or in high amounts without hydrating yourself. It is better to drink water or sports drinks instead of pop, coffee, energy drinks and alcohol. Drinking alcohol in the heat also can impact your judgment. The more alcohol you consume, the harder it is for you to recognize whether you might have a heat-related illness. The combination of alcohol and heat poses especially serious health risks for older adults and individuals with medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease. So if you are social drinker and will be consuming alcoholic beverages in the sun then it is important to drink water before, during and after to keep adequately hydrated. Please be safe this summer.