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Is it possible to be addicted to plain water?

Discussion in 'Other Substances' started by Miaka_M, May 6, 2015.

  1. Miaka_M

    Miaka_M Active Contributor

    It seems like a silly question, but humans are becoming more and more addicted to various other things like chocolate, alcohol and even biting nails, so why not plain water? I know someone who drinks 14 glasses of water a day, I know that the recommended amount of water is between around 8-12 cups per day, so is it ever possible for someone to be classified as addicted? Sure, it is good for you, but then again too much of a good thing can also be bad.
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  2. juno

    juno Community Champion

    I don't think it can be considered a bad thing to be addicted to water, because you can never have too much of it. Water is really good for you. I think the only way it could be bad is that if you are drinking so much water and having to go to the bathroom so often that it is becoming an obstruction to a functional day. However, in terms of physical harm that other substances can cause, water does not have that.

    With that said, the above in only in relation to plain water. If you are drinking mineral water or water form a certain area that has concentrations of any kind of mineral or purifier, then too much of that can not be a good thing.
  3. Charli

    Charli Community Champion

    I think people can get addicted to anything because often the substance of choice really isn't as relevant as the void the person is trying to fill. I've seen programs featuring people who were addicted to eating tissue paper, so I wouldn't be surprised to see someone claiming to be addicted to drinking water. That said, I think the minimum recommended water intake is mostly mythical as I've already done some research on it and have found that many claim it is not entirely necessary.
  4. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    Maybe it is possible to be addicted to plain water since one can be addicted to anything. I have not read or heard anyone yet being addicted to plain water. But there could be health issues if drinking too much water since as always said, anything in excess can be bad.
  5. Martha

    Martha Member

    If you are addicted to drinking water it is the best thing that can happen to you. What is the best liquid that you can consume and it also makes you healthy.

    I know several people who drink many gallons of water everyday especially those who live in a hot climate. Not only does water flush out all the toxins, it is also a great way of cooling down in summer.
  6. JoanMcWench

    JoanMcWench Community Champion

    Everything in excess is bad. Period. This applies to everything from drugs to, in this case, water. Too much water can kill you. Even the best things in life aren't going to stay that way when you abuse them. I wouldn't say, given your example, that this person is 'addicted' to water.
  7. katherine25

    katherine25 Senior Contributor

    I have never heard of plain water as an addiction but I guess anything is possible. Everyone needs water so it wouldn't be such a bad thing if that was an addiction however I wonder if our bodies work the same as babies. If a baby consumes to much water that the body cant tolerate it, it can result in seizures so I wonder if adults are the same.
  8. E.Mil

    E.Mil Community Champion

    I never thought about anyone being addicted to water, but people become addicted to so many other things that no one really thinks about could be an addiction.
  9. Miaka_M

    Miaka_M Active Contributor

    I believe that there is actually a way that water can be dangerous, say you chug down gallons of water in a small interval, it can have the same effect that drowning can have.
    I think that it could be possible and I have never heard of such an addiction myself. Yes for sure, too much of any good thing can be bad. I believe that if our body does indeed have too much of things such as vitamins, it processes it out.
    Oh! Good point! I'm assuming that because an infant is really tiny, it doesn't have that capacity to carry all that water in its body. Maybe we have that as well, but we would have to "over dose" by a great amount for any harm to occur.
  10. 6up

    6up Community Champion

    One cannot be addicted to water. Actually we are encouraged to drink a lot of water since it nourishes our bodies. Water has no effect to our bodies and taking it in large quantities is a good practice.
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  11. johnny

    johnny Member

    I doubt it. I'm not sure that it is even possible to drink enough water for it to be unhealthy although maybe you can, but it's extremely hard. In other words, you would probably get very sick before you got too much water so in you so it wouldn't be physically possible. So no I don't think it's possible.
  12. missbishi

    missbishi Community Champion

    I think that describing it as an "addiction" is exaggerating things slightly. We all need to drink water throughout the day and some people get thirstier than others.
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  13. FuZyOn

    FuZyOn Community Champion

    Yes, at others said. You may develop a so-called addiction for water but that wouldn't damage your body in any way.
    It would be good if water would be your only addiction.
  14. aztec99

    aztec99 Member

    Yes, an addiction is defined as " a state characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli". According to the definition, any excessive, compulsive behavior, even drinking water, can be considered an addiction. Fortunately for the person you know, I don't feel their particular addiction will have any harmful side effects!
  15. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    If someone is addicted to water, then that is the best addiction to ever have honestly. Unless you drink way too much, to the point you get sick, drink as much as you can. We need water. The more we drink, the cleaner our insides will be.
  16. kana_marie

    kana_marie Community Champion

    I would guess they are as addicted to water as I am blood pressure medication. I think there's a fine line between need and addicted, but its a line none the less.
  17. gracer

    gracer Community Champion

    I don't think there is such a thing as addiction to water. Our body is mostly composed if water, at least 70% of it so we need to maintain it at that to be able to survive. Our intake depends on many factors such as activity, climate and health conditions. A person can drink more than the recommended volume of water per day if he/she excessively sweats or urinates. I too drink more than 10 glasses per day because I sweat a lot due to the warm climate in my area.
  18. Charli

    Charli Community Champion

    I have read so ding about water poisoning which can happen if someone's drinks too much water in too short of a time. I didn't research any further but you're right, even with water too much of a good thing can prove to be deadly.
  19. kana_marie

    kana_marie Community Champion

    I just don't think this qualifies as an addiction at all. You can die from eating too much food too fast, also. If you're goin to call water an addiction then so is oxygen. Know what? Screw trying to argue logic against something as silly and offensive as this whole thread.

    I'm going to just come out and say it: when you claim, by any logic, that too much water can be an addiction you are belittling every single person in here who has had a REAL addiction to overcome. To compare someone who drinks a lot of water to someone who has had to fight and struggle to get past alcoholism, opiate addiction, and any other legitamite addiction is SO OFFENSIVE. Addiction isn't the same thing as someone who is thirsty!!!
    You're entitled to your opinion, and I wasn't going to point out the ridiculousness of this post, but you just couldn't let it go.
    PLEASE don't turn our plight into a joke anymore.
  20. MyDigitalpoint

    MyDigitalpoint Community Champion

    Addiction to plain water could be really bad, but depends on the eye of the beholder.

    Medically speaking, probably not, but doctors say drinking a gallon of water a day may not bring you additional benefits that your body cannot take from drinking water with moderation as body is hydrated not just by drinking plain water but also from the water present in your meals; pasta, salads, chicken broth, coffee and even sodas contain water that body processes, so combining all the water you can drink and all the water you can have from meals, you can be hyper-hydrated and feel bloated.

    This is not a good thing at all, but there is other way in which water addiction can be so bad that may ruin your finances; when you turn into a compulsive water buyer by developing addiction to water.

    There is a report somewhere on the web stating that Mexico is number one consumer in bottled water, a trend popularized in later years after a brainwashing media campaign to get citizen drinking water insanely.

    After this, the price of bottled water was catapulted and now is overprice, sometimes more expensive than a Coca Cola bottle, that was the drink of choice before this massive campaign.

    If you are going to expend more than you earn in buying bottled water all the time and for all needs, it has to be hard keep up any household/personal expenses budget.