Hold your wee for a Wii ~ woman dies

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  1. Just seen a news feed on the BBC about a woman in the US who died of "Water Intoxication". She was a doing a radio contest to drink lots of bottled water & hold it, in order to win a Nintendo Wii. Not being a medic I fail to see how water can kill you. Surely if you have consumed 6 litres of water you either pi$$ like a waterfall or feel somewhat uncomfortable. Can any medic type folk explain what water intoxification is please ?
     
  2. Hyponatremia - a condition where drinking too much water or other fluids to the point where the salt level in the body drops too much - which can kill.

    Edited to add link - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyponatremia
     
  3. Thank you very much.
     
  4. This woman drank 6 litres and was trying to hold it. In the desert, jungle or anywhere hot, our medics try to encourage us to drink 10 litres a day, "pee clear" at least twice (which you can do on beer alone) and never warn us of the possible consequences. One of which is this condition, another is that your body stops retaining water (which is why supermodels drink so much evian) so that when you're caught in the bush/desert with low supplies (instead of in Shaibah log base with water coming out of your ears) you die of thirst even more quickly.

    Rant over.
     
  5. The difference being that you drink this over the period of a day rather than a short space of time, and the fact that you are loosing fluid constantly through sweat/respiration, and replacing the salts lost with your food intake. Hardly the same thing
     
  6. If you ensure that you're eating enough (not difficult for the average squaddie) this shouldn't be a problem. One of my chaps went down with this in Basra, turned out he hadn't had breakfast and ate only an apple for lunch because 'that's what I eat at home' :roll: . I came close to charging the muppet, but calmed down after a cup of tea and a chat with the WO. He turned out to be a decent chap, but hadn't been properly briefed on how to administer himself before being sent out. I had words with the other chaps for not looking out for him.