People are drinking on average less than one litre of pure water a day, according a new survey.
A YouGov survey of 2,000 people in Yorkshire revealed that, on average, people drink just 0.8 litres a day.
The poll, for Yorkshire Water, revealed that 12% of people never drink pure water in an average day and that over a quarter of people drink less than half a pint of pure water each day.
Only 16% of those surveyed typically drink more than three pints of water each day.
Lynn George, clinical dietetic manager at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Water is one of the best fluids to drink as it is 100% fluid and does not contain sugar , calories, caffeine, additives or acid which can be found in other fluids.
“Individual fluid needs vary widely depending on many factors including body size and weight, the environment and levels of physical activity. During exercise and in hot weather additional fluid is required.
“Sweat losses can be up to three litres per hour in extreme conditions.”
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Susan Gee, occupational health and wellbeing manager at Yorkshire Water, said: “The average adult loses around 10 cups of water every day simply by breathing, sweating, urinating and eliminating waste.
“The results of this survey reveal that most people don’t drink as much fluids, and especially water, as they should. Drinking too much coffee or alcohol is not recommended as both act as a diuretic, which means they take water out of the body and can dehydrate.
“When the body is dehydrated it means it cannot eliminate toxins as effectively and this can lead to weight gain or become a barrier to weight loss.”