Beer is an alcoholic beverage that is popular all over the world. You can get bear basically anywhere from Japan to Africa to Italy to Mexico. But, even if you are an avid beer drinker, you might want to rethink this habit after reading this article of why mosquitoes love people who drink beer.

Yes, you read it right, beer might be the reason why you suffer more from mosquito bites than your non-beer-drinking friends. But why is that? Why do mosquitoes love beer so much? And do this means that you should stop drinking beer or at least stop drinking it while you are outdoors in a known mosquito infested area?


In June of 2002 there was a study published in the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association where researchers found that even by just drinking a 12-ounce bottle of beer you will seem more attractive to mosquitoes. And that is most likely because by drinking beer you are increasing the ethanol content in your sweat, and since ethanol is a pretty big mosquito lure, this means that mosquitoes will flock your way. The other reason why beer increase mosquito activity is also because drinking alcohol also increases your body temperature, and since one of the ways a mosquito finds their target is by sensing heat, then the higher your body temperature is the more likely it will be that the mosquitoes will find you a likely target.

Beer drinkers are especially attractive to several different mosquito species that are one of the main malaria and dengue carriers like the Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes and Aedes genus mosquitoes. The main way how these particular mosquitoes find their targets is by scent, and since beer drinkers aroma is often particular strong, the malaria and dengue mosquitoes will first bite those who have consumed or are consuming beer over those who are drinking water, tea, juice or other beverage.

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On top of that, things like your genetics, blood type, body build and how much you sweat will also contribute to the fact that mosquitoes favor some people over others. For example people with blood type O are more likely to get bitten by a mosquito, since mosquitoes simply like the chemical content of people with blood type O better. And people with bigger body mass will also be favored by mosquitoes more, because they emit bigger heat signature, therefore are easier for mosquitoes to find.

So if you are already more mosquito-bite-prone and like to drink beer then you have a winning combination to be the one, who attracts all the mosquitoes leaving other people around you free of mosquito bites. And although it all sounds fun and games, the dark truth is that, since mosquitoes often are vectors to different diseases, by being more attractive to mosquitoes you also will be more prone to getting one of these diseases. So next time you are drinking beer in area that is heavily populated by mosquitoes, you might want to either switch up your beverage of choice or layer up on mosquito repellent, so you limit the amount of mosquito bites you get and the chance of you contracting one of the diseases mosquitoes carry.