Originally posted by MrMagick
This works very well because Alcohol thins your blood stream, making you release body heat faster. (Beer can also make you more thirsty. I usually do one glass of water for one 12oz can of beer.)
Alcohol causes blood vessels and veins to dilate. That, in turn, releases heat into the air faster. Unfortunately, this, of course, brings heat to the skin faster, causing the alcohol drinker to feel even hotter. That's why people talk about drinking something to warm them up in the winter. It's also why drunks actually freeze to death during the winter.
It's actually a bit cold here, though it's warmer today that it was yesterday.