Thirsty work

You can tell the dog days of August are upon us when the strange research starts pouring in. Today’s tells us that the British workforce isn’t getting enough fluids. Ironic, perhaps, given that half the country was recently brought to a standstill by flooding on a near biblical scale. Indeed, you’d have thought it pretty hard to avoid the stuff this summer.

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Last Updated: 06 Nov 2012

According to the YouGov report, only 6% of the UK adult population is consuming above the recommended minimum level of water, which the Food Standards Agency puts at three glasses a day. Apparently everyone is too busy drinking tea, coffee or Innocent smoothies. Even more alarmingly, only 13% believe that water is essential for a healthy body and mind, with 19% saying they didn’t drink any more water even when dispensers are provided in their office. Surely such laziness is a strong argument for the motivational benefits of good ol’ H2O.

We’re not sure what can be done to make people drink more. Adding a sweet strawberry flavour to the office water supply seems a bit patronising; enforced watercooler gossip sessions would be too unproductive. How about desktop intravenous drips?

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