Published July 11, 2012
| The Sun
A young mother is speaking out about her bizarre addiction to drinking water. She guzzles up to six gallons a day.
Sasha Kennedy, 26, takes large bottles around with her wherever she goes.
Because of her addiction, she has to use the restroom up to 40 times a day, and she claims she has quit jobs over the lack of quality water.
The mother-of-two, who said she has no health problems, even wakes up several times a night to sip water and go to the bathroom.
Kennedy said the habit is affecting her sleep, too.
“If I feel my mouth start to get dry I have to get my next fix of water; it’s all I can focus on," Kennedy said.
“People never really think anyone can drink that much until they get to know me - then they just cannot believe their eyes. I feel thirsty pretty much all the time and always have to be sipping water - it’s an addictive habit.
Kennedy, of Southend-on-Sea, Essex, in the U.K., has two children: Reggie, 2, and Fraser, 1. She said she started drinking large quantities of water when she was just a toddler and hasn't been able to stop since.
By the time Kennedy was 6-years-old, her mother had to place a plastic jug full of water next to her bed. She said she would get up during the night to refill the container.
By the age of 13, she was already drinking up to three gallons a day.
Drinking too much water can be dangerous; it can lead to water intoxication, or hyponatremia, in which there is not enough salt in the body's fluids outside the cells. Both conditions can lead to serious health problems, and even death.