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If you drink 8 glasses of milk in 3 minutes will you die?

Asked by Cooldil17 (482 points ) May 8th, 2010

I was watching an episode of Parks & Recreation and Leslie was about to drink 8 cups of milk in 3 minutes, but Ann ran up and stopped her saying if she did this she would die. I’ve never heard of this, is it true, and if so why?

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DrasticDreamer's avatar

Highly doubt it, but you’d probably puke your guts out.

chamelopotamus's avatar

They tested that hypothesis on Jackass….lots of vomiting

lillycoyote's avatar

No, but it’s still probably not a good idea. I think if you were to drink a half a gallon of anything in three minutes, even water, I suspect most of it would come right back up.

Dr_C's avatar

This is right up there with “If you type google into google you can break the internet.

The only thing that will happen if you drink that much liquid in that small time fram is that you will distend your stomach and provoke vomiting.

YARNLADY's avatar

There was a case here in our area where a woman actually died for trying to drink too much water during a contest, but it is a rare outcome. I can’t see anything good coming of it.

Dr_C's avatar

@YARNLADY what you are talking about is Water intoxication (also known as hyper-hydration or water poisoning) which is a potentially fatal disturbance in brain functions that results when the normal balance of electrolytes in the body is pushed outside of safe limits by over-consumption of water.

Normal, healthy (physically, nutritionally and mentally) individuals have little reason to worry about accidentally consuming too much water. Nearly all deaths related to water intoxication in normal individuals have resulted either from water drinking contests, in which individuals attempt to consume high amounts of water, or long bouts of intensive exercise during which electrolytes are not properly replenished, yet excessive amounts of fluid are still consumed.

The excess ingestion of a hypotonic solution (in this case water) will alter the osmolarity of extracellular fluid vs intracellular fluid and due to the acuteness of the situation will not allow the body enough time to adapt through natural means. Milk is not a hypotonic solution (due to the carbohydrate and protein content) so this condition is unlikely.

ETpro's avatar

Water intoxication (or milk) takes a determined effort over a long period of time, and works by upsetting the fluid levels in the circulatory system. If you drank 8 glasses of milk in 3 minutes, you would vomit, not die. You might feel like dying though.

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dalepetrie's avatar

I just watched that on my DVR tonight and was wondering the same thing. I’m trying to think of times when I’ve had a particularly good batch of chocolate chip cookies warm out of the oven if I might not have consumed ½ a gallon of milk in a few minutes. Of course, I weigh at least 3 times as much as Amy Poehler. I just figured it was a good line and let it go.

The same way I let go of the fact that supposedly Tom Haverford kept Detlef Schrempf at his club until nearly 6am when Indiana has a 3am bar closing time. Some things you just go with the good line and try not to overthink it.

CaptainHarley's avatar

No, but you might wish you COULD! : D

Sophief's avatar

Of course you can’t.

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FutureMemory's avatar

Sorry, Dog

mattbrowne's avatar

Perhaps. If the glass is a Bavarian stein (mug)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maß

Seriously. Your stomach would exercise a veto.

asmonet's avatar

I have very little to contribute other than drinking milk like that leading to death is bullshit and Dr_C has an impressive brain that makes me want him, badly.

Dr_C's avatar

@asmonet we should talk…

ItsAHabit's avatar

If you drink that much milk you will die. Of course, if you never drink milk you will also die. Get used to it. We’ll all die sometime. :-)

josie's avatar

8 glasses
Figure 12 oz per glass
96 ounces
3 quarts
1 quart per minute
8 oz every 15 secs
I say puke, not die

NikStarr's avatar

The body has a natural reflex when you consume too much dairy, better known as VOMITTING!!!!

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MadMadMax's avatar

Only if the milk contained enough cyanide or related poison to kill you.

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