In response to this paper, Donald Watenpaugh, of the University of North Texas Science Center, wrote a letter to the editor, titled Medicinal Alcohol for Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia? (Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, Volume 21, Page 278, 2010). Watenpaugh writes “Alcohol (ethanol) is a well-established and potent inhibitor of AVP secretion, and circulating AVP is rapidly catabolized. Therefore, I write primarily to hypothesize that oral ethanol consumption may provide a hyponatremia treatment alternative worth investigation.”
Letters to the editor are typically serious, but as you read on, you can’t help but wonder if this one was written at least partly tongue-in-check. Watenpaugh suggests that hard liquor would work best because of its lower water content, and he “suggests tequila shots with the customary salt” to counter the hyponatremia. Often a reply to a letter-to-the-editor can sound defensive, but Hew-Butler and her co-author take this one in stride. They point out that ethanol treatment might take an hour to take effect, which would be too long in many cases. It is comforting to know that scientists can debate rigorously an important medical issue without taking themselves too seriously.
A paper by Tamara Hew-Butler prompts a not-too-serious exchange of letters-to-the-editor.
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