SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A northern California flight attendant anxious about taking a urine drug test was having trouble urinating. So she drank a glass of water -- and another -- and another.
After guzzling 3 liters in three hours, she still couldn't urinate. But hours later, the 40-year-old woman staggered into a Burlingame, Calif., hospital, her speech slurred, her thinking fuzzy. The diagnosis: Drunk -- on water.
The flight attendant is the first drug-test taker known to have "water intoxication," doctors reported recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association. There have been only seven other reportedcases of healthy people with the dangerous condition, which water-logs brain cells and a dilution of body minerals. One died.