human body


Question by  deonta (10)

Is it possible to drink too much water?

Someone told me you can actually die from drinking too much water.


Answer by  KaiMint (65)

Of course you can die. "Hyponatremia", or "water intoxication" is what happens when you drink more water than your body can process at a time. However, there is a very small chance of you getting this, as any normal person wouldn't drink that much anyway, unless they're intensely borderline-dangerous dieting or in a drinking contest.


Answer by  Peter1563 (265)

Yes it is possible to drink too much water. What you heard about is called water poisoning. This occurs when water intake greatly disturbs the body's electrolyte balance.


Answer by  malone (4817)

Water intoxication occurs when too much water is consumed. The abundance of water, more than the body can process at a normal rate, results in an imbalance of electrolytes (which are essentially too watered-down). This can cause disturbances in the brain that are potentially fatal.

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