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How much water is too much water?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Unconditional, 30 May 2006.

  1. Unconditional

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    Apparently drinking too much water can make you ill?

    Are we talking silly amounts here, how much water is idea per day(in litres)?
     
  2. vodkacokebloke

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    1.5 litres a day of fluid is the recommended amount, if i remember rightly.
     
  3. pyro

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    In before close!
     
  4. Unconditional

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    How much water would I have to drink to kill myself?
     
  5. TripleT

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    You'd have to drink ALOT of water for it to be too much. in other words, don't worry and drink away :)

    EDIT - Go lie down in a bath full and find out ;)
     
  6. Unconditional

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    So it's safe to take a gulp of water every 30seconds?
     
  7. Street

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    IIRC its 2.5 litres of water a day we need... But we only need to drink around 1.8 litres as we gain the rest from food.

    Drinking too much water is bad as it can dilute the salt levels in our bodies..
     
  8. iBankAllDay

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    Rule of thumb: if you're thirsty or have a dry mouth, then drink some water. Rocket science it is not.
     
  9. Mark A

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    I think a woman died due to drinking too much water, i heard it washes the salt out of your cells or something.

    Mark
     
  10. ElvisFan

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    Too much water gives me stomach ache.
     
  11. Glaucus

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    10 liters in around 90mins... but vaires a lot between people.

    Salt is important for cells to use energy to fuel themselfs.

    Also if you have taken some types of drugs which aid water retention, your organs especially your brain simply swell up and have no where to expand to. This is how leigh baites died, not because of the drug it self, but for drinking to much water after taking drugs.
     
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  12. reflex

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    Might be wrong but i think you can drown yourself drinking to much water??
     
  13. Bony Maloney

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  14. spirit

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    yeah u can die if you drink too much water, water intoxication, you are so unlikely to get it unless you are a pro marathon runner

    its like 1.5litres an hour or somethin + u have tyo have right salts etc
     
  15. rpstewart

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    No, you actually asphyxiate.

    The water is absorbed into the blood, hence diluting it. As a result red blood cells take up the water by osmosis (cell contents being more concentrated than the surrounding blood), this in turn causes the cells to burst as they cannot contain the volume of water. Consequently insufficient oxygen is absorbed by the reducing number of red blood cells and it's all downhill from there....
     
  16. Minstadave

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    I've heard about someone dying in A&E after drinking too much water, they were told by thier GP to drink as much as possible after catching a Urinary Tract Infection, unfortunately they didn't have a functioning osmoreception system and came in after drinking 30 litres that day and died.
     
  17. Darkwave

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    Is there something you're not telling us? :confused:
     
  18. iCraig

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    You only need about a cup of water to kill yourself.
     
  19. Nix

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    Just put lots and lots of salt in it ;p
     
  20. SourChipmunk

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