What If You Drank Too Much Water? A Woman Did Just That – See What Happened To Her

By Brian Lemay 38 comments

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the link in the description and downloading the free browser extension. Once upon a time there was a woman who drank
three gallons (7 liters) of water, and we mean she gulped down that amount in just two
hours. Why would she do such a thing, you might ask? Well, the same reason why people eat 50 hot
dogs in one sitting. It was in the spirit of competition. You see, the 28-year old woman in question
– Jennifer – had joined a radio station competition called “Hold Your Wee for a
Wii”, with the prize being Nintendo’s games console. All the contestants had to do was drink this
huge amount of water and the last person not to pee was the winner. Was this a dangerous thing to do? A caller certainly felt so, calling in and
telling the radio station that the competition should be called-off. All 10 employees at the station just shrugged
off the warning. Jennifer took this competition seriously and
she imbibed almost 3 gallons. This was Herculean of her, and most of the
other contestants dropped out early. One man said after the competition, “My bladder
couldn’t handle it anymore.” He quit. The others were given bigger bottles of water. So far, so good, and just after she drank
her last gulp, she even joked that she “looked pregnant again.” Only shortly after she had finished her superhuman
drink of water, and almost won the competition (she came second), she said she felt really,
really nauseous, so much so she could barely move from her chair. Her husband thought it best to drive her home
so she could rest, but in the car she complained of a mammoth, skull-crushing headache. She cried, saying her brain felt like it was
coming out of her skull, and worse, she said her vision in one eye had just about gone. She and her husband believed that the faster
they get home the better, and that she just needed to lie down and get some sleep. They arrive home, and it’s now been a few
hours since she took her last drink. The weird thing is, she still doesn’t need
a pee. Jennifer goes to bed, while her husband prepares
dinner for the family. When dinner is ready, he doesn’t wake her
up, thinking it better she sleep-off that terrible headache. Unbeknownst to him, she is suffering from
a series of seizures in the bedroom. She’s not sleeping now, she’s unconscious. Finally, the husband thinks it’s been too
long and goes to the bedroom to wake Jennifer up, only when he gets there he sees she is
unconscious, and even witnesses her having another seizure. Now, there are many versions of this story
in the news, but all versions have the same ending: sadly, she died. Whether that was in the ambulance, or in the
bedroom, or in the bathroom, we don’t know; all we know, is that she died. What!? You might ask, died from just 3 gallons (7
liters) of water. Yes, and it’s called water toxicity. It happened to a 17-year old just a few years
ago in the U.S. He drank two liters of water and two liters
of Gatorade after football practice. He dropped dead on the way to hospital in
a helicopter, from the same thing, sometimes called overhydration. In the UK in the 90s, there was another similar,
famous case. A young woman had gone to a rave and taken
the drug ecstasy. She had heard that when you do that, you sweat
a lot and it can be dangerous, so you have to drink a lot of water to stay hydrated. She drank 3 gallons (7 liters) of water in
about 90 minutes and soon collapsed into a coma. The press jumped on the story saying she had
died because of illicit drugs, but an inquest revealed it was the water that did it, not
the drugs. But why do people die from drinking too much? Well, over-drinking – and it has to be really
large amounts – changes the electrolytes in your body, reducing how much salt, or sodium
you have in you. This is called “dilutional hyponatremia.” The latter word basically translates from
Greek and Latin as “insufficient salt in the blood.” When it’s severe, it’s what we call water
toxicity. You should have anywhere from 135 and 145
millimoles of blood sodium per liter, and if it drops below that, you are in trouble. Usually your kidneys help you out by sieving
water, or other liquids, as well as salt, through the body. But play a game like hold your wee for wii
and you are basically overwhelming your kidneys, water-logging them, and they can’t do their
job. You are flooding your blood with water. Your brains cells swell as water is pushed
into them, and, we all know there’s not much room to swell up there. When this happens, the first thing is you
feel sick, or confused, as happened to Jennifer. Those unbelievable headaches she was having
in the car were because her brain was swelling. The next thing is usually seizures, followed
by coma and death. Doctors tell us that this can even happen
to people running marathons, so you’ve really got to watch out for how much water you are
drinking. It might also happen over a long period of
time, not just guzzling down loads of water or any drink quickly. But how do you know how much to drink, so
you don’t overdo it? One scientist put it like this, “Drink to
your thirst. It’s the best indicator.” As for poor Jennifer’s grief-stricken family,
they were awarded $16.5 million in compensation. It seems the disc jockey and staff were just
very ignorant. During the competition, someone had said,
“Are you sure this isn’t dangerous?” The DJ replied, “Not with water. Your body is 98 percent water. Why can’t you take in as much water as you
want?” Oh, how we wish he had seen this show first. They were all fired, of course. Lesson learned…not every competition or
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The Infographics Show

May 5, 2018, 4:04 pm Reply

This video was inspired by Chubbyemu's video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3HivpHP-5I

Notes: The patient's death was accidental despite drinking 3 gallons of water not being an accident. She was found to have Syndrome of Inappropriate Diuretic Hormone that 1) she was at greater risk of having because she was a premenopausal woman and 2) the water induced nausea which is a powerful stimulus for antidiuretic hormone secretion which held water into her body.


Nov 11, 2019, 3:05 am Reply

Dang man this makes me not to work out anymore


Nov 11, 2019, 4:10 am Reply

i smell law suits

Zeeshan Munir

Nov 11, 2019, 9:56 am Reply

Why her husband didn't took her to hospital from radio station? As her condition was that serious

Aneeqah Qazi

Nov 11, 2019, 12:30 pm Reply

I was literally searching about this on google

Aneeqah Qazi

Nov 11, 2019, 12:37 pm Reply

My mom: “You should drink a lot of water”

Me: *shows her this video”

Her: You barely drink 8 glasses a DAY!!

Rodney Collen

Nov 11, 2019, 11:38 am Reply

Well, too much of everything is dangerous, or deadly.


Nov 11, 2019, 11:56 am Reply

ONLIY 60 mil your body cost around 200mil


Nov 11, 2019, 4:59 pm Reply

I can’t even finish half a water bottle


Nov 11, 2019, 12:18 am Reply

After drinking 3 gallons of water eat then eat 4 gallons of salt duh


Nov 11, 2019, 4:35 am Reply

Me: mom my stomach hurts

Mom: drink alot of water

My health class teacher: make sure you drink alottttttttt of water

Tenali Mayo

Nov 11, 2019, 5:25 am Reply


BlueSkull ENT

Nov 11, 2019, 5:28 am Reply

I think by drinking to much it drowns your lungs

FromYuanPlayz YT

Nov 11, 2019, 9:52 am Reply

What? I drink more than 8 glasses a day

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Nov 11, 2019, 8:13 pm Reply

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Jason Thing

Nov 11, 2019, 11:34 pm Reply

At 0:10 he said once upon a time

That means that is FAKE

Dylan Dylan

Nov 11, 2019, 12:59 am Reply

Just drink a cup of salt water

the epic world

Nov 11, 2019, 3:27 pm Reply

Water used to be nice but now it’s a deadly murderer

Kayden Chan

Nov 11, 2019, 8:44 pm Reply

How to do when you over hydrate: Eat something that dries you up, like salt.

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Nov 11, 2019, 8:49 pm Reply


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Nov 11, 2019, 9:08 pm Reply


Wozy_ YT

Nov 11, 2019, 2:51 am Reply

You mean hold your wee for Nintendo….

Guns N’ Games

Nov 11, 2019, 10:31 am Reply

Never trust anything that says
"What can go wrong?"

noob monster

Nov 11, 2019, 3:09 pm Reply

don't drink water: die
drink too much: die


Nov 11, 2019, 4:51 pm Reply

just really wanted a wii for your daughter and end up losing your life 2 hours later…

Goku Rikkusu

Nov 11, 2019, 11:36 pm Reply

I saw something like this on 1000 ways to die.


Nov 11, 2019, 5:16 am Reply

So sad for a wii 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

Kate P.

Nov 11, 2019, 4:19 pm Reply

Wait, who won the competition? Did I get it right and she came second? How did the winner survive?


Nov 11, 2019, 5:52 pm Reply

Drank is not a word (fake exposed)

x fehse

Nov 11, 2019, 12:02 am Reply

Rip Jenifer 🙏

Harry Hartley 2

Nov 11, 2019, 10:55 am Reply

Me: I'm never drinking water AGAIN!!!

Watches video while drinking water


Nov 11, 2019, 12:29 am Reply

thats a adorable face right there 3:45

The Fire King

Nov 11, 2019, 12:53 pm Reply

She died because she didn’t have honey

A Guy

Nov 11, 2019, 1:05 am Reply

Infographics: This woman died tragically from too much water trying win a Wii.
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Nov 11, 2019, 1:35 pm Reply

So 3 gallons just

ヅiikodce_The_Esport ヅ

Nov 11, 2019, 6:57 pm Reply

Next: die from walking!?!?!?!?


Nov 11, 2019, 12:54 am Reply

Your late on this story my kindergarten teacher told me this story…this was 8 years ago

Sander Suitso

Nov 11, 2019, 11:10 pm Reply

I dont want salt moles in my body

Tasha N

Nov 11, 2019, 3:04 am Reply

Why is the living room upstairs?

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