CHICAGO — A report details the first known case in which a person showed the symptoms of intoxication after drinking a large quantity of water to make herself urinate for a drug test.
A 40-year-old flight attendant drank three liters of water in three hours when she was unable to produce urine for the test, according to the report in the Jan. 2 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
The woman was still unable to urinate and was sent home. Eight hours later, she was taken to a Burlingame, Calif., hospital after she demonstrated confusion, slurred speech and a unsteady gait.
The woman denied use of drugs, tobacco or laxatives, and her medical history offered no explanation, the report said. Doctors concluded that she was suffering from water intoxication--a condition caused by drinking too much water.