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Woman dies after water drinking contest

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Abubu Fri 30-Oct-09 12:29:44

Woman dies after water drinking contest

This is very sad. What idiot thought this competition up?

I can't understand how she had "contributory negligence" in her death if they were encouraging people to do this?

If she didn't know the dangers she probably would have assumed it was safe if they were making a competition out of it?

Morloth Fri 30-Oct-09 13:41:10

Darwin award?

You get all sorts of warnings from your body when you drink too much water (I have done so when training) waaaaay before it gets dangerous.

dilemma456 Sun 01-Nov-09 14:53:33

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SlartyBartFast Sun 01-Nov-09 14:57:21

what a ridiculous competition!

Morloth Mon 02-Nov-09 10:33:52

General working out dilemma I do a lot of weight lifting and am of the sweaty persuasion. So I drink a lot of water.

You really do feel quite dodgy if you overdo it a little, then you start to feel a bit light headed, then your muscles start to spasm and so on, and this is way before you get anywhere near death so she must have pushed through all of that in order to drink enough to kill her. Also the level of pain in your bladder if you haven't pee'd after drinking that much water would be a clue wouldn't it?

Would never trust a radio station with my health and anyone who does can't be that clever.

AitchTwoToTangOh Mon 02-Nov-09 10:54:26

wasn't this what leah hardy died of as well? really tragic but sometimes life is tragic. i do hate that everyone gets sued nowadays.

Bleenherbe Mon 02-Nov-09 10:57:49

Did you mean LEah Hardy? Isn't she Daily Mail MN-column-woman?

ShinyAndNew Mon 02-Nov-09 11:05:44

Leah Betts. And yes she died of that, but it was after taking ecstasy that 'tricked' her into thinking she was dehydrating sad

It was irresponsible of the radio show to run the competition but I'm also wondering why the woman carried on so long when it was making her feel ill. She should have sought medical help.

kittywise Mon 02-Nov-09 11:05:47

silly womanhmm

MarshaBrady Mon 02-Nov-09 11:08:50

Ridiculous competition. Stupid that no one at radio station thought to check how safe it was.

AitchTwoToTangOh Mon 02-Nov-09 11:24:06

lol, not leah hardy! oops. i don't thought that she was 'tricked' into drinking loads of water by the anti-x literature.

edam Mon 02-Nov-09 11:51:35

Such a sad story.

Poor Leah Betts wasn't tricked by ecstasy, she was tricked by the 'safety' messages about having to drink lots of water. Poor kid. I remember when it happened, consensus among my friends (late teens/early 20s) was that her parents didn't know what they were talking about wrt headlines about them looking for the evil drug pusher - we knew perfectly well it would have been one of her mates via one of their mates etc. etc. etc.

Acanthus Mon 02-Nov-09 11:58:58

She had contributory negligence because it was partly her fault - the radio station was stupid to set it up, she was stupid to do it.

ShinyAndNew Mon 02-Nov-09 12:05:19

Hhmm, I seem to remember being told in Science class that x makes you feel thirsty/hot even if you are not, after being shown a video of Leah Betts. Perhaps I am confused.

cherryblossoms Mon 02-Nov-09 12:21:03

Reminds me of a. horrible story about the woman who had the tattoo on her forehead for the casino and b. the equally horrible story about people sitting on ice for a radio show and getting frostbite.

People are a. desperate for money and don't think things through, b. too trusting about the thought that has gone into these stunts and c. stupid enough to put on these stunts without thinking them through or caring enough about what happens to the people who "answer the call".

Depressing on every level.

Re. Leah Betts. No, x does raise your body temp. but not to that degree, nor does it diminish your sense of control to that degree. Poor Leah Betts was, i think, trying to "dilute" the effects or had a misjudged sense of concern about becoming dehydrated. In whatever way, she was misinformed. Tragic.

treaclespongeofdeath Mon 02-Nov-09 12:21:18

It's not the ecstasy that make you feel hot and sweaty - rather, it's dancing in a packed nightclub. I agree with edam that the misleading health messages about being dehydrated were at least partly to blame, but while there's such hysteria in the media about drug use it's hard to work out how to be safe.

Obviously, the safest thing would be not to take drugs at all, but I don't think that demonising users is helpful to anybody.

edam Mon 02-Nov-09 14:09:01

And also not to go riding according to that expert the government has sacked...

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