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"after taking part in the "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" contest"
Drinking too much water is dangerous. Can cause various health problems and in some cases, death.
Water intoxication (also known as hyperhydration or water poisoning) is a potentially fatal disturbance in brain function that results when the normal balance of electrolytes in the body is pushed outside of safe limits by a very rapid intake of water.
I didn't know you could die this way...hmmm...
My mom was admitted to a hospital a few years ago suffering stroke-like symptoms. She had lost physical coordination and her memory was suddenly impaired. She couldn't tell the nurse what year it was.
She had been a believer in the 90s fad that everyone had to drink 8 glasses of water a day, whether thirsty or not. She weighed about 100 pounds.
Eventually doctors dried her out (lol) and her health quickly returned.
If you're normally thirsty from exercise or heat, then depriving yourself of water wouldn't be advisable. Marathon runners can have serious problems from drinking too little water or, oddly, from drinking too much, which can screw up electrolyte levels.
There's a fair amount of info on the web about "water intoxication." Most deaths occur from forced drinking (such as torture/fraternity hazing) or during long distance running.
"Strange may have drunk nearly two gallons."
"(CBS/AP) A Sacramento area radio station fired 10 employees Tuesday,"
"...a listener - self-identified as a nurse - called the live radio broadcast and warned that the game was dangerous."
""Yeah, we're aware of that," replied a DJ, according to the broadcast news report. "They signed releases so we're not responsible, okay?"
Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
The DJ's were just stupid.
[edited by: MamaDawg at 1:42 pm (utc) on Jan. 19, 2007]
Absolutely! They promoted the event, they failed to research the activity to see what harm could arise, and they willfully ignored warnings from a health professional. The fact that someone signs a waiver does not make them immune to manslaughter charges based on gross negligence.
They would not have sponsored a similar contest to jump off a bridge into moving traffic. We all know that can be fatal. It isn't always, but it can be. So they were acting in ignorance, and ignorance is no excuse for violating laws.
your body being 98% water, so how can it hurt you?"
Yep, there are limits to what rights one can waive. Especially true in the work-place. This case reminds me of the mom who died after participating in a boxing match a few years ago.
What happens if (when)one of the American Idol contestants blows his brains out after being made a fool of? Was wondering that last night. Remember the Jenny Jones episode a few years ago.