Water Intoxication??

US woman dies after water contest
The contestants started on small bottles and worked up
A Californian woman who took part in a water-drinking contest to win a video game system has died of water intoxication, tests have shown.
Jennifer Strange had taken part in the “Hold Your Wee for a Wii” game run by KDND 107.9 radio in Sacramento, which promised the winner a Nintendo Wii.
A work colleague said Ms Strange had reported her head was hurting hours after the contest and was going home.
Ms Strange, 28, was found dead on Friday at her house in Rancho Cordova.
Health warning
Local assistant coroner Ed Smith said initial tests showed death was “consistent with water intoxication”.
Contestants were first given eight ounce (225 millilitre) bottles to drink every 15 minutes.
Contestant James Ybarra told Associated Press news agency: “They told us if you don’t feel like you can do this, don’t put your health at risk.”
Mr Ybarra said he quit after five bottles but remaining contestants started on larger bottles.
“She was telling me about her family and her three kids and how she was doing it for her kids,” Mr Ybarra said.
One of Ms Strange’s work colleagues, Laura Rios, said: “She said to one of our supervisors that she was on her way home and her head was hurting her real bad.
“She was crying and that was the last that anyone had heard from her.”
The station said its staff were stunned at the death.

Damn!!  I have heard of this before…people telling me that it is possible to drink too much water.  I never thought that it was true…until I read about this.  I drink at least a gallon of water a day, but I am going to the bathroom constantly so that may be why I can handle it.  I don’t think they allowed the woman to go…that is so sad.  I guess the saying that ANYTHING in mass quantities can be bad for you.

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4 Comments

  1. Robin says:

    I thought that as well…drowning. I guess it is a form of drowning from the inside. From what I can tell they didn’t let her eliminate any of the excess water in her system. I’m going to look up information on this because it really has me stunned and interested. It is sad that this happened…and water is supposed to be a good thing. Too much of a good thing is almost always a bad thing. I guess this proves the statement as being true.

  2. Justin V says:

    I’ve heard about this this as a freshman in college.. Water junkies are we call them.. people that intake large amount of water to get high.
    See the intake of water cause a sodium in balance around the cell membrane, cause a “highness”..

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