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Can you overdo it with daily drinking of water?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (22148 points ) May 26th, 2011

Can you possibly drink too much water a day and if so what amount would that be? If you drank equal to 1 half of a gallon would that be excessive? What if you drank equal to a gallon and 1 quart would that be excessive? If you drank water in excess every day is there any health concerns attached to it?

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augustlan's avatar

Absolutely. This is probably the most famous case of death by water intoxication.

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Velvetinenut's avatar

Depends, I think. If you were working outside and perspiring ALOT, you need to drink plenty of water. When I do gardening, I HAVE to drink at least 4— 5 litres of water or I’ll get a bloody headache.

On average, I try to drink 3 litres a day as I work in an airconditioned environment for about 12 hours 5 days a week.

JLeslie's avatar

As people have said above it is dangerous. Especially drinking a lot at once. Your system cannot adjust or eliminate fast enough and it can lead to flooded tissues and electrolyte imbalance, possibly death.

If when you urinate your pee is clear like water, you are plenty hydrated, no need to keep loading up on water.

The amount of liquid (water is deceptive because some people think water is different than a coke or apple juice, but pretty much liquid is liquid) you should consume varies depending on your weight, muscle vs fat percentages, whether you are sweating off water, how active you are, etc.

The old 8 glasses a day is assuming the person is eating properly we get hydrated from the foods we eat also, and an average man, which is actually lower in weight than the average now, and it is 8 ounce glasses, and most people have no clue what an 8 ounce glass is, because most glasses are much larger now. Look at your grandmas glasses compared to yours. And, that was a standard for not being out in the heat all day or exercising.

john65pennington's avatar

Water addiction is just like any other addiction…....too much can kill you.

gasman's avatar

“Water intoxication” causes the kidneys to secrete so much urine in an effort to rid the body of excess water that the serum sodium becomes dangerously low, leading to seizures and death. There’s a related hormonal condition called diabetes insipidus.

tedibear's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central – Do you mean throughout an entire day? If so, then no, there’s no issue for a healthy person to drink one-half gallon or one gallon per day. At one point, I was drinking 2 to 2.5 liters per day. I’m down to about 1 to 1.5 liters, simply because I got tired of getting up twice a night to go to the bathroom!

Sunny2's avatar

As they say, “Everything in moderation.” Including drinking water. Too much or too little can kill you.

filmfann's avatar

My brother has an enlarged heart, and the doctor has told him to limit his water intake to one glass a day.

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