Not drinking enough water makes you a meaner person – and more than half Americans don’t, shock study reveals

IF you’re feeling grumpier than normal, you’re probably not drinking enough water.

More than 50% of those surveyed in a new study said they were much nicer when fully hydrated.


Hydrated Americans are more likely to help a co-worker in need (45%) than dehydrated Americans (40%), according to a new surveyCredit: Getty
Eight in 10 Americans said their lives, including work quality, relationships, health and mood, would improve if they boosted their hydration


Eight in 10 Americans said their lives, including work quality, relationships, health and mood, would improve if they boosted their hydrationCredit: Getty

A new study has revealed the ways that water intake hits work quality, relationships and even people’s mood.

For example, those who are hydrated on a regular basis are more receptive to constructive criticism compared to those who are dehydrated (33% vs. 22%).

And hydrated Americans are also more likely to help a co-worker in need (45%) than dehydrated Americans (40%).

Those who said they’re hydrated on an average day are more likely than their dehydrated counterparts to spend quality time with friends and family (62% vs. 50%).

On busy days, Americans reported drinking beverages other than water (33%), and running out of bottled water (17%) as the top reasons they forget to drink water.


Yet, over a quarter of respondents (26%) avoid drinking water at work.

That’s because they are afraid of taking too many bathroom breaks during the day, the survey found.

Eight in 10 Americans said their lives – including work quality, relationships, health, and mood – would improve if they increased hydration levels.

And the majority (57%), said they were a nicer person when sufficiently hydrated.

Respondents reported drinking an average of five glasses of water, out of the commonly recommended eight glasses, on a normal day.

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Just 44% said they thought that eight glasses was an up-to-date hydration recommendation.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there was no recommendation for how much plain water everyone should drink daily.

“Drinking water can prevent dehydration, a condition that can cause unclear thinking, result in mood change, cause your body to overheat, and lead to constipation and kidney stones,” it warned.

According to the survey, the average American starts drinking water around 9 am, guzzles more at noon, and they usually stop drinking water at about 4 pm.

Talker Research was commissioned by Brio Water last month to survey 2,000 Americans on their water drinking habits.

It found that nearly 30% of respondents said the taste of water was stomach-churning enough to put them off drinking water by itself.

Top concerns about drinking unfiltered water included that it contains harmful chemicals and toxins (42%), it tastes bad (36%), and it causes mineral buildup (30%).

More than six in 10 Americans (65%) said drinking filtered water was important to them.

But over a third (34%) don’t have a water filter at either their home or workplace.

What the water drinking survey found

2,000 Americans were polled for the research

Hydrated Americans were more likely to help a co-worker in need (45%)

The majority said they were a nicer person when sufficiently hydrated (57%)

Over a quarter of respondents (26%) avoided drinking water for fear of taking too many bathroom breaks during the day

Factors that most influence Americans’ water intake include exercise and physical activity (39%)

The most common outcome of drinking enough water is being more productive (36%)

According to the poll, the most common outcomes of drinking enough water are being more productive (36%), having more control of the day (29%), and feeling more confident (27%).

“The study showcased that most people believe drinking more will improve their work, relationships, mood and health.

“See how you can up your water intake during the day, so you can live your very best life,” said Georgii Tsatrian, director of filtration at Brio Water, based in Southern California.

“Hydration is one of the most important factors influencing happiness and health.

“While the physical benefits of proper water intake are obvious, the mental health benefits need to be highlighted,” he said.

“Getting enough water every day is important for your health,” said the CDC.

” Water helps your body: keep a normal temperature; lubricate and cushion joints; protect your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues,” it added.


In regards to health, water also helps to get rid of wastes through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements.

“Daily total water intake (fluid) is defined as the amount of water consumed from foods, plain drinking water, and other beverages.

“Daily water intake recommendations vary by age, sex, pregnancy status, and breastfeeding status.

“Most of your fluid needs are met through the water and other beverages you drink,” said the CDC.


It recommended choosing water over sugary drinks, and serving water during meals.

For those who are repelled by the flavor of tap water, or find it to plain, the CDC said, “Add a wedge of lime or lemon to your water. This can help improve the taste.”

“Water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 50% to 70% of your body weight.

“Your body depends on water to survive.

“Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to work properly,” said the Mayo Clinic.

“Your fluid intake is probably adequate if you rarely feel thirsty and your urine is colorless or light yellow,” it advised.

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