Picture the scene – you’re out in a bar, playing some pool, four or five bottles deep when you suddenly get the urge to go to the toilet.
But it’s your shot and you don’t want to go pee in the middle of a game so you wait.
By the time the game is over, you’re bursting. You try and put it off but it’s no good and you know that as you continue drinking you’ll need to go to the toilet what seems like every 30 minutes for the rest of the night.
You’ve just ‘broken the seal’.
The universal barstool theory behind ‘breaking the seal’ is that once you go for a pee when you’re out drinking you’ll forever be nipping off to the toilet until closing time.
It’s the idea that the first pee of the evening breaks some kind of seal in your body that means the floodgates open.
Perhaps unsurprisingly alcohol is the major factor in you needing to go pee after a few beers.
The guys at Science the $#!* out of it explain what’s really going on you ‘break the seal’.