Are we drinking ourselves dry?

Washington Post

A RECENTLY published survey suggests that even though Americans are drinking an average of eight servings of water and other beverages daily, they may be drinking themselves to dehydration.

The survey, sponsored by the International Bottled Water Association and the Nutrition Information Center at New York Hospital, found that many people undermine their own hydration efforts by consuming caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.

Caffeine and alcohol are diuretics, which means they cause the body to lose water through the excretion of urine. Some health and nutrition experts advise drinking an extra glass of water daily for every alcoholic or caffeinated drink consumed.

On average, Americans drink 4.6 eight-ounce servings of water (tap and bottled combined) each day. However, that amount varies by city:

San Diego, 5.1

New York, 5.0

Denver, 4.9

San Antonio, 4.9

San Francisco, 4.6

Charlotte, N.C., 4.4

Dallas, 4.4

St. Louis, 3.1


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