A woman who is addicted to drinking water has been talking about her unusual habit with The Sun, revealing that she glugs her way through up to six gallons a day.
26-year-old Sasha Kennedy’s bizarre addiction means she has to use the restroom up to 40 times a day, and she has even quit jobs due to a lack of quality water. She carts large water bottles around with her at all times.
While an addiction to water would seem harmless, the young mother-of-two has felt repercussions from her habitual water-chugging. She told The Sun she even wakes up several times a night to sip water and go to the bathroom:
“If I feel my mouth start to get dry I have to get my next fix of water; it’s all I can focus on. People never really think anyone can drink that much until they get to know me – then they just cannot believe their eyes. I feel thirsty pretty much all the time and always have to be sipping water – it’s an addictive habit.”
Kennedy, of Southend-on-Sea in the UK, said she began drinking water in large quantities when she was just a toddler. By the time she was six years old, her mother would leave a plastic jug full of water next to her bed each night. During the night, she would regularly get up to refill the container. By the age of 13, her water intake had increased to three gallons a day.
Drinking too much water can have detrimental effects other than a shortage of sleep: water intoxication, or hyponatremia, in which there is not enough salt in the body’s fluids outside the cells, can lead to serious health problems, and even death.