• Girl drinks herself to death in 'water poker'
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[QUOTE] [B]A 12-year-old girl died due to brain complications caused by the consumption of too much water in a game of "water poker" she played with classmates.[/B] The girl had drunk six litres of water in the game, and was pronounced dead in her home town after being declared brain dead in Sweden following the incident. The school children played the game on the Åland islands located between Sweden and [URL="http://www.thelocal.se/tag/finland"]Finland[/URL], with the rules being that the loser of each hand on poker had to down a whole glass of water. The girl’s water intoxication was not noticed by teachers until they were making a head count of the students later in the evening. “She sat on the toilet and vomited. She had drunk an enormous amount of water,” said Jukka Silvola, principal of the school, to the Aftonbladet newspaper, adding that the girl was “truly well-liked”. The 12-year-old was immediately taken to a hospital in Åland capital of Mariehamn before being transferred to specialist ward of the [URL="http://www.thelocal.se/tag/uppsala"]Uppsala[/URL] University Hospital the next morning. There, the girl was declared brain dead and was taken to her hometown of Nystad in eastern Finland in May, where she died a few days later. Johan Valtysson, head of the intensive care ward at the Uppsala hospital, explained how water intoxication can lead to fatal disturbances in brain functions. “What happens when you drink too much water is that your blood is diluted and salt levels in the blood are increased,” he told the paper. “The effect is that the water is drawn into the brain which then swells up due to the brain’s fluid accumulation. The blood flow is then cut off and you become brain dead.” An adult should drink around two to three litres of water a day, and the 12-year-old is believed to have consumed six. Meanwhile, Valtysson told the paper that he can’t fathom why anyone would “water poker”. “This is a truly dangerous game,” he said. [I]TT/The Local/og [URL="http://twitter.com/#%21/thelocalsweden"]twitter.com/thelocalsweden[/URL][/I] ([EMAIL="news@thelocal.se"]news@thelocal.se[/EMAIL]) [/QUOTE] [url]http://www.thelocal.se/41878/20120706/[/url]
poor kid, probably thought it was gonna be real healthy
I've done it myself when i was young. It makes you fucking sick after the third litre, i don't get how she managed to get to six.
Kids these days.
actually this would be a really good reason to bust out the dihydrogen monoxide chain mail, since nobody seems to realize too much water is a bad thing.
She probably wasn't informed about the dangers of drinking too much water. This is really sad :(
[quote]“What happens when you drink too much water is that your blood is diluted and salt levels in the blood are increased,” he told the paper. “The effect is that the water is drawn into the brain which then swells up due to the brain’s fluid accumulation. The blood flow is then cut off and you become brain dead.” [/quote] Okay, that's fucking scary.
[quote]There, the girl was declared brain dead and was taken to her hometown of Nystad in eastern Finland in May, where she died a few days later.[/quote] doesn't brain dead = dead for all reasons and purposes?
[QUOTE=DamagePoint;36654137]Kids these days.[/QUOTE] Bollocks, kids have done stupider shit for millennia
[QUOTE=Elecbullet;36654485]doesn't brain dead = dead for all reasons and purposes?[/QUOTE] You can go from brain dead to dead in minutes without the proper attention
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[QUOTE=latin_geek;36654540]You can go from brain dead to dead in minutes without the proper attention[/QUOTE] okay alternatively you can get "proper attention", sit there and never recover any shard of consciousness. Brain death is the irreversible end of all brain activity. You can, with a machine, continue to pump blood through the body, thus preventing the body from decaying, but this is with the understanding that there is zero chance that the patient will wake up. The only thing you [I]can[/I] do at that point is pull the plug and bury them. Or if they are an organ donor, you can take their organs out and give them to someone.
[QUOTE=Charybdis;36654499]Bollocks, kids have done stupider shit for millennia[/QUOTE] Usually preceded by "Hey guys, watch this!"
[QUOTE=Elecbullet;36654590]okay alternatively you can get "proper attention", sit there and never recover any shard of consciousness. Brain death is the irreversible end of all brain activity. You can, with a machine, continue to pump blood through the body, thus preventing the body from decaying, but this is with the understanding that there is zero chance that the patient will wake up. The only thing you [I]can[/I] do at that point is pull the plug and bury them. Or if they are an organ donor, you can take their organs out and give them to someone.[/QUOTE] I was just pointing out that there's a difference, and a reason for the girl to be declared braindead and later die (as you say by pulling the plug)
The insane thing about this, is that's the daily recommended amount of water when you live in Arizona. You're supposed to drink 8 liters of water a day. In what time frame did she drink 6 liters?
[QUOTE=ewitwins;36654704]The insane thing about this, is that's the daily recommended amount of water when you live in Arizona. You're supposed to drink 8 liters of water a day. In what time frame did she drink 6 liters?[/QUOTE] Judging by the article and the fact it was at a party It was most likely less than an hour.
[QUOTE=ewitwins;36654704]In what time frame did she drink 6 liters?[/QUOTE] Over the duration of a poker game, apparently. It would appear that she sucked at poker.
[QUOTE=ewitwins;36654704]The insane thing about this, is that's the daily recommended amount of water when you live in Arizona. You're supposed to drink 8 liters of water a day. In what time frame did she drink 6 liters?[/QUOTE] 8 cups of water*
[QUOTE=ewitwins;36654704]The insane thing about this, is that's the daily recommended amount of water when you live in Arizona. You're supposed to drink 8 liters of water a day. In what time frame did she drink 6 liters?[/QUOTE] Impossible, the maximum recommended water intake the USDA gives is four liters.
...a dangerous game.
[QUOTE=ewitwins;36654704]The insane thing about this, is that's the daily recommended amount of water when you live in Arizona. You're supposed to drink 8 liters of water a day. In what time frame did she drink 6 liters?[/QUOTE] Hah, no it's not
[QUOTE=ewitwins;36654704]The insane thing about this, is that's the daily recommended amount of water when you live in Arizona. You're supposed to drink 8 liters of water a day. In what time frame did she drink 6 liters?[/QUOTE] 2 gallons of water a day...do you know how ridiculous that sounds?
[QUOTE=Clementine;36655200]2 gallons of water a day...do you know how ridiculous that sounds?[/QUOTE] During USMC bootcamp we were easily drinking over 2 gallons a day, and now that I'm in Florida. My instructors recommend at least 2 gallons a day.
[QUOTE=Jacksmacks;36655291]During USMC bootcamp we were easily drinking over 2 gallons a day, and now that I'm in Florida. My instructors recommend at least 2 gallons a day.[/QUOTE] but you were probably sweating it off in time weren't you? and thats a day, not an hour
[QUOTE=DesolateGrun;36655363]but you were probably sweating it off in time weren't you? and thats a day, not an hour[/QUOTE] Yea, for bootcamp we were but here in Florida its just because of the humidity. I was also referring to it being in a day. Clementine said that it was too much water to be drinking in one day.
[QUOTE=Jacksmacks;36655408]Yea, for bootcamp we were but here in Florida its just because of the humidity. I was also referring to it being in a day. Clementine said that it was too much water to be drinking in one day.[/QUOTE] I'm in Texas, and my drill Sgt says 1 gallon a day.
If I remember correctly from the swedish article, she did it within an hour or two. An adult drinking 6 liters during a full on day, were the body has time to process the water, will most likely not be any problem (although, I'm not a doctor or an expert. I'm just speculating using common sense). But a 12 year old drinking 6 liters (one and a half gallons for you americans) of water in the frame of maximum 2 hours is evidently not good.
I can't help but think that if you drink as much water as feels [I]natural[/I] for the conditions, you will be fine. Obviously drinking 6 liters over one poker match won't feel natural.
wait what diluting blood concentrates salt
[QUOTE=LordCrypto;36655486]wait what diluting blood concentrates salt[/QUOTE] Perhaps the body releases salt to counter a [I]loss[/I] in salt concentration due to water and overdoes it. Or maybe the article is full of shit, I dunno
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