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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. oraclemay

    oraclemay Community Champion

    I don't believe that you can be addicted to water. I think there has to be some type of substance present to be addicted and water is pure. People drink a lot of water because they have been told this is healthy. There is a recent study that shows drinking so much water is not good for you. Who do we believe? I think everyone is different and you need to listen to your body.
  2. kana_marie

    kana_marie Community Champion

    Omg!! Seriously??? 14 cups of water a day is not an addiction! 28 cups of water a day isn't an addiction! I can't believe that you are going to insult every single one of us who has/ had a LEGITAMITE addiction.

    After this, maybe we could discuss my addiction to shoes. Every time I leave the house I put them on. Whats worse than that is I wear underwear if I'm home OR going out. 24 hours a day!!! When I do leave my house its always in a car. Every time I get a particular craving at night, when I start yawning and my eyes feel funny, I go to sleep. Is that an addiction? It's every single time I go to bed.

    Stop treating all of us like a joke. Stop demeaning everything we have gone through. Stop belittling us and acting like the whole idea of an addiction is a joke. It's very real, it's very hard, and very painful. We are all stronger for it. Not just well hydrated. Smdh
  3. Miaka_M

    Miaka_M Active Contributor

    So, according to definition, it can be considered an addiction. I think that there needs to be clarification with the definition then as many things can be classified as an "addiction."

    You're right, this is an opinion and not only that, it is a question. I don't think that this is a ridiculous thread because by definition, there really is a fine line between what is considered an addiction and what is not. Like I said previously, humans are becoming addicted to numerous things so it could very much be possible that water could eventually become an addiction. I am not trying to offend anyone, this actually makes people think, as you can clearly see in this thread. :)

    This was a simple question I do not see the harm done. Please stop twisting my words. Addiction is a very serious issue. There are studies coming out now that say too much water is bad for you. Actually there are some cases where people fill themselves with only water and it makes them vomit. Too much water, or too much of a good thing can always be bad for you. For example, addiction to phones, that is a common thing now. People need it yes, but they deprive themselves of a normal social life and proper education and so it can also harm the person.
    Last edited: May 14, 2015
  4. kana_marie

    kana_marie Community Champion

    Full Definition
    :the quality or state of being addicted
    :compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly :persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful

    Water, oxygen, heat in the winter, and whatever other NEED you can think of are very different from an ADDICTION.

  5. MyDigitalpoint

    MyDigitalpoint Community Champion

    The true fact is that all of us, human beings, are prone to develop addiction to whatever, but society has narrowed down the above definition as to be "addiction to alcohol, drugs or other chemical/herbal substances"

    Someone might be lost in the middle of a remote forest one fine day and finding himself developing addiction a tree at which he uses to sit down everyday in their inner conviction that by doing this he will be found for a rescue squad.
  6. kana_marie

    kana_marie Community Champion

    That still wouldn't be an addiction. Addiction doesn't encompass need, desire, urge, bad choice, good choice, or whatever else people can come up with. I can't speak for anyone else, but for me my addiction was a world apart from being thirsty. Sitting next to the tree to get rescued is no where near the same thing as an addiction. Its a smart and calculated move. If the tree bark gets you high, and you go back everyday to eat it, then its a addiction.

    Yes, people can be addicted to so many different things. But it doesn't include EVERYTHING you do just because you may do it regularly.
  7. MyDigitalpoint

    MyDigitalpoint Community Champion

    Yes indeed, but perhaps I had to add something like having this man returning to the tree on a daily basis to revive the anguish and further happiness to have been rescued.

    I'm aware the above is kind of trying to enforce the addiction in this narration, and also that by doing such thing our hypothetical man might not be developing an addiction but a psychological disorder, isn't it? ;)
  8. kana_marie

    kana_marie Community Champion

    Honestly, being trapped on the island would be enough for me to develop a disorder. Do you remember old cartoons, when they would show people on a deserted island? The entire island was no bigger than the size of a small bathroom. And it always had one palm tree. Usually off to one side of the island.
    Whenever I hear or think about deserted islands, picturing that cartoon is ALWAY the first place my mind goes. So when I first read your scenario, that's what I pictured. And, of course, the jeans that are ripped into Capri pants, and the white ripped up wife beater. "Of course he's going to sit at that tree. Where else is there to go?" Lol
  9. GenevB

    GenevB Community Champion

    We are all addicted to plain water more or less. Just think about that we can't go more than about 3 days without it, even if we do, we'd still be using other things that contains water. So it's in our genetic code the fact that we need water and we are addicted, the best thing about it it's that it's free and harmless.
  10. kana_marie

    kana_marie Community Champion

    It's still not an addiction.

    I'm sorry if I'm being a bad word over this. But here's the thing... Between 5 years of being an alcoholic and a pill head, I (like a lot of other people here) lived in the kind of hell where I was always thinking about my next fix, and when I got it I was still thinking about my next fix. I didnt work because when I DID get a job I was so focused on my next fix that I didnt do my job worth a ****. I never went into anyone's house without checking their medicine cabinet. I stole money out of my dads wallet, and I stole my moms entire wallet. I stole my ex mother-in-law's debit card, stole pills from my best friend, tried to scam everyone I knew so I could get more money for more pills, and sold everything I owned to pawn shops or friends. That included 2 very expensive battle axes I bought for my boyfriend for our anniversary. I have scars from where I intentionally hurt myself so I could get pain pills, for the life of me, I can't figure out how I DIDN'T get red flagged at the ER, aka my second home. Do I need to tell the numerous stories involving the dying man and his safe?

    Now, see, when i think about addiction, personally, drinking a glass of water doesn't even register on my scale. As a matter of fact I encourage my children to drink it as much as possible. I never once fantasized about robbing a bottled water factory to get my fix. Water never cost me my entire family, and it never cost me time with my children that I will NEVER get back.

    When you call water an addiction I'm insulted, feel belittled, and its making a joke out of the total hell I lived in for 5 years, and continue to live in now, 3 years later.
    Every second of every day is about reliving what I did to all this people who trusted me.

    So comparing water to a real addiction is like comparing a night in a jail cell to the holocaust, or losing the ants in your ant farm to someone losing a child.

    Does this make ANY sense to y'all?
  11. ReadmeByAmy

    ReadmeByAmy Community Champion

    Water is good for our body but there is the right amount if how many should we drink it everyday. Drinking 8 glasses a day is good in order to replenish, hydrate and to release those toxins away in our bodies. But remember that drinking water in excess beyond the daily requirement is harmful and not good at all.
  12. amethyst

    amethyst Community Champion

    When it comes to water, we all have different needs. Some need more water than others, and 8-12 glasses per day is only ever a recommendation. That leaves it up to you whether you want to consume more or less. I, for example, easily drink 15 glasses of water a day. I live in a hot tropical place, and I often do a lot of physical work that makes me sweat a lot. So, I constantly need to replace lost fluids, otherwise I get a headache. I love clean, pure drinking water more than anything else. I wouldn't call it an addiction but a necessity. :)
  13. serenity

    serenity Community Champion

    If the weather is hot, then drinking more water than usual is just normal. I did read that too much water can also be harmful too, so your friend should be careful. When it comes to water, we only drink when we are thirsty, so if a person drinks water just so that he can drink water and not because he is thirsty then he may have an addiction problem.
  14. Lizel

    Lizel Community Champion

    I don't have any idea if drinking 14 cups of water is too much, and how it effects you're ogranism. Maybe contact a doctor with this problem, he or she will definitely answer your question./
  15. Coolkidhere

    Coolkidhere Community Champion

    I think drinking too much water can also be bad. But I think 14 glasses is not that much water. Maybe a gallon a day would be too much. I read before that babies do not need so much water. Their bodies cannot handle too much water so breastmilk or formula is what they need. It all depends on the situation too, as one poster said, if it is hot, then drinking water is a must. Drinking too much even on normal days can cause hyponatremia since water flushes out sodium especially if you drink it in excess.
  16. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    Eh, I don't know if it can be possible without a mental disease being into play... I really think you'd need to have some sort of mental issue in order to become addicted to some as plain as well... plain water. People without any kind of mental issue shouldn't ever experience this, not even if they have an addictive personality like myself.
  17. Tsky45

    Tsky45 Community Champion

    This has to be an addiction. Too much water can be bad for you. But still you have to drink water everyday. I have never heard of a water addiction before tho. I guess people can get addicted to anything.