A new study has revealed why we’re drinking so much water in the UK.
It’s not just that we’re going to the toilet in the morning, or we’re all drinking water every day.
It turns out that we have the highest water consumption in the world, even after adjusting for how much of the country’s population is on average overweight.
Water consumption in Britain has increased by about 12% per year since 1980, but it’s not clear why.
The UK has the world’s highest water use per capita, at more than 4.6 litres per person.
In 2016, it was 4.3 litres.
According to the World Bank, this is due to: More people on the streets, less land available to grow crops.
More children in primary school, with many less likely to be exposed to natural disasters and disease.
Lower levels of education and literacy.
Higher rates of obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases.
A lack of fresh water.
We’re getting more thirsty, says Tim Grieve, professor of food, nutrition and environmental science at the University of East Anglia.
Drinking water is not just about eating and drinking.
Water is also essential to human health, says Dr Grieve.
“The quality of water is critical, especially for the people who are drinking it,” he says.
Water is the first thing we put in our bodies to replenish our bodies.
If we don’t have it, then we have a lot of issues.
We lose water in our urine, we lose water when we shower and when we drink it.
But it’s even more important for us when it comes to the environment.
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“We’ve been drinking too much water for too long,” says Grieve about the water consumption.
“We’ve got a massive environmental problem, and the water crisis is going to get worse unless we take action.”
Water scarcity isn’t the only problem, according to the researchers.
The study also found that there was a link between water use and obesity, a condition which can lead to diabetes, hypertension and even heart disease.
It found that people who drank more water than they needed also drank more than their bodies were able to handle.
Professor Tim Graw, University of Eastern England Dr Grieve says there is a growing body of research that suggests that the UK is experiencing water scarcity in some areas of the world.
So how does this affect us?
“We’re using up water that should be there,” he explains.
This is because our water use is linked to our consumption of energy.
For example, a kilogram of food in the US consumes approximately 12 litres of water.
In Britain, the equivalent amount is about 10 litres.
Water also plays a key role in the metabolism of our bodies, he says, and if we can’t get enough water, our body’s metabolism slows.
And while we may not always want to drink it, water is also a key part of our diets, says Graw.
“You might think you’re drinking more water, but you’re actually drinking less water, because you’re eating more of it.”
In fact, one of the UK’s main water sources, the Thames estuary, is not producing as much as it used to, so more water is being used to provide for people in London and the north-east.
While the water supply in the Thames may not be as healthy as it once was, Grieve argues that this will change over time.
It’s all about getting water out of our systems.
Even if you’re not in the habit of drinking water in particular, the key is to reduce the amount of water you use, he argues.
“If you don’t drink enough water then you’re going the wrong way.”