A quarter of Britons don’t drink enough water
FOUR million Britons have not drunk a glass of water in over a week. And one in seven – 15 per cent – admits to drinking more alcohol than water, research claims.
Fewer than one in four adults regularly drinks the recommended two litres of water a day.
And 52 per cent have a tea or coffee instead of water, with 30 per cent saying they need caffeine more than water. Thirty- eight per cent think water is boring.
The survey of 1,000 adults by SodaStream, who make home carbonation equipment, found that only 23 per cent claim to drink the recommended two litres of water a day regularly, with 27 per cent unaware of the recommended daily water intake.
But people are aware of some of the benefits with 43 per cent saying that water makes them feel more energised, 40 per cent saying it improves their complexion and makes their skin glow and 43 per cent saying water reduces food cravings. More than half ( 54 per cent) wish they drank more water.
Now SodaStream is launching Hydrate the Nation, a campaign urging people to turn to sparkling water to make their water intake more exciting.
GP Dr Ellie Cannon said: “Water is the healthiest way to hydrate. It energises us, aids digestion and weight loss and improves the complexion to name a few of the benefits. Despite this, many people are drinking far less than they should and their health could be suffering. “One in five GP visits in the UK is down to tiredness and fatigue. It is thought that dehydration could be a culprit in over 12 per cent of cases.
“Simple tricks like adding a little sparkle to your water can help encourage you to drink more water every day and you’ll be feeling healthier and re- energised.”
Fiona Hope, managing director of SodaStream UK, said: “The perception that water is boring isn’t surprising but it’s worrying to see the extent to which people are neglecting such a vital part of their diet.”