SIRC – Media Watch 18-05-99

How Refreshing

A study reported in the Telegraph this week has shed light on why it is that gulping fluids instantly relieves thirst, when it actually takes the body a substantial amount of time to recover from water deprivation. Messages sent from the mouth and throat actually allow the brain to calculate if the volume of liquid taken in is enough to satisfy the body's need for fluid. In addition to this discovery comes the revelation that "the study reveals the intense thirst that can drive grown men to muddle their consciousness with a cool pint of lager may have helped to drive the evolution of consciousness." Time to celebrate instant gratification with a cool pint.