Can you die from drinking too much water?

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    May 15, 2009 1:00 PM GMT
    http://www.military.com/military-fitness/health/water-plus-oxygen-equals-weight-loss


    I heard on a podcast the other day that 5,000 people a year die from drinking too much water...who knew!!
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    May 15, 2009 2:03 PM GMT
    You can die from drinking excess fluids. What happens is that the the excess water dilutes the serum sodium. Very low serum sodium (hyponatremia) can result in coma, seizures, and death. It's very difficult to get yourself in such a situation but it can occur in rare cases. Hyponatremia can occur in long distance runners that consume only fluids and no salt during a race. There is a psychiatric illness called psychogenic polydipsia (usually occurs in schizophrenics) in which the individuals drink fluid excessively and can lower their serum sodium to harmful levels. At our local inpatient psychiatric unit the nurses had to watch these patients carefully so they would not drink from the commodes.

    Here is an article from Scientific American about water intoxication

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=strange-but-true-drinking-too-much-water-can-kill
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    May 15, 2009 3:31 PM GMT
    You can die from too much of anythingicon_eek.gif
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    May 15, 2009 3:58 PM GMT
    how much water is too much? I usually drink 8-10 glasses of water a day...
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    May 15, 2009 4:10 PM GMT
    Water intake for an athlete is recommended between 2-4 L/day. Depending on what size glass you have, I doubt you are anywhere near having too much water. Having a well balanced diet will ensure you get all the electrolytes you require so you won't die from too much water consumption.
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    May 15, 2009 4:13 PM GMT
    you mean drowning? icon_eek.gif


    Yup, you can drink SO much (and it really has to be an effort to "stay hydrated" which has gone insane) that you make the body malfunction.

    Most people don´t drink enough water.
  • cesarin03

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    May 15, 2009 4:50 PM GMT
    two years ago some hazing occured at Chico State in California. One of the frats had their recruits drink tons of water, one of them died from it. Its silly to put your stomach/body through that.
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    May 15, 2009 4:57 PM GMT
    surferdude1101 saidhow much water is too much? I usually drink 8-10 glasses of water a day...


    Taken from the article I linked to in my post

    Earlier this year, a 28-year-old California woman died after competing in a radio station's on-air water-drinking contest. After downing some six liters of water in three hours in the "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" (Nintendo game console) contest, Jennifer Strange vomited, went home with a splitting headache, and died from so-called water intoxication.

    In 2005 a fraternity hazing at California State University, Chico, left a 21-year-old man dead after he was forced to drink excessive amounts of water between rounds of push-ups in a cold basement. Club-goers taking MDMA ("ecstasy") have died after consuming copious amounts of water trying to rehydrate following long nights of dancing and sweating.
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    May 15, 2009 8:20 PM GMT
    Yup. Too much water coming in and screw up your blood's salinity and chemistry.
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    May 15, 2009 8:26 PM GMT
    Rule of thumb..

    If your piss is dark in color, then you're dehydrated and need to drink more water.

    If your piss is light in color (pale yellow to clear), then you're hydrated and you can cut back on the water.
  • Medic911

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    May 15, 2009 8:27 PM GMT
    This is VERY hard to do.
    MOST people don't drink enough water!


    The average person has no need to worry.

    Extreme athletes (like triathletes and long distance runners) need to replace electrolytes, not just fluids.

    A typical bottle of Gatorade to every 5-7 glasses of water is more than sufficient.


    We dilute Gatorade with water (50/50) and give it to runners that suffer from heat exhaustion, but only AFTER they are stabilized with cooled IV fluids, otherwise the sugar in Gatorade can cause vomiting.

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    May 15, 2009 8:38 PM GMT
    You can over-hydrate.
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    May 15, 2009 9:45 PM GMT
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/01/17/entertainment/main2365259.shtml
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    May 15, 2009 10:22 PM GMT

    When I did some hiking in the 1990s, on one occasion, under the hot sun, I suffered a bout of hyponatremia. This is caused by the dilution of salt content in the bloodstream as a result of drinking too much water without adequate salt intake. The symptoms of this ailment is muscle cramp, which came in thundering crashes of intense pain along with the tight knotting of the affected muscle. It was quite a frightening experience.
    Drinking doses of electrolyte together with resting was very helpful, and I was back to normal after a short time.
  • kew1

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    May 16, 2009 8:30 AM GMT
    A clubber died from drinking too much water after taking E years ago.


    http://www.urban75.com/Drugs/drugxtc1.html

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    Oct 24, 2009 9:59 AM GMT
    There was this sad story about a mother that entered into a radio station contest to win a Nintendo Wii for her kids for xmas or something. The radio station joked about people dyin from drinking too much water. The rules were basically drink as much water as you can without going to the bathroom, hold ur wii for a nintendo wii. The osmotic pressure in her brain shifted and she died after complaining about severe headaches. She didnt win the competition but she mustve drank enuff to shift the equilibrium. too much of anything isnt good for u. The radio station was sued.. and i think the irresponsible djs were fired.
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    Oct 31, 2009 11:03 PM GMT
    kew1 saidA clubber died from drinking too much water after taking E years ago.


    http://www.urban75.com/Drugs/drugxtc1.html



    it happens, but it's really rare. E really plays with your thirst, and also lack of urge to pee.
    You have to go pee every hour or so.

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    i've always checked the color of my piss. keeping it light , almost colorless except in the morning after waking up.
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    Oct 31, 2009 11:05 PM GMT
    I think its called drowning.
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    Oct 31, 2009 11:05 PM GMT

    You can die from eating too much at once too.

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    Oct 31, 2009 11:07 PM GMT
    The LD50 (dosage required to kill 50% of a population) for water for rats is 90ml/kg...

    In humans that's would be 6 and a half liters for a 155lb human
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    Oct 31, 2009 11:08 PM GMT
    so has anyone ever died from too much sex?
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    Oct 31, 2009 11:18 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidyou mean drowning? icon_eek.gif


    Yup, you can drink SO much (and it really has to be an effort to "stay hydrated" which has gone insane) that you make the body malfunction.

    Most people don´t drink enough water.


    LOL drowning is when water gets into the lungs and interferes with normal oxygen uptake and diagphragm contraction.

    Drinking too much water causes an osmosis effect or hypertonic state.
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    Nov 01, 2009 9:18 PM GMT
    Drinking too much water can result in water intoxication or a hypotonic state. I don't think one can be hypertonic when fluid overloaded. I may be wrong. Fluids and electrolytes were never my strong point when I was in training.icon_lol.gif

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/3720840/Water-Intoxication

    Dehydration definitely can result in a hypotonic, isotonic, or hypertonic state. I have treated each of these conditions many times.
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    Nov 01, 2009 10:09 PM GMT
    Blackguy4you saidso has anyone ever died from too much sex?


    Hm....good question. Wanna try and see??{GRIN}
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    Nov 01, 2009 11:06 PM GMT
    Most people don't have to worry about drinking too much. We tend not to drink as much as we should.