Drink up, friends!
A new study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests that drinking glasses and other glassware could actually be a good thing.
The researchers conducted an online survey of more than 9,000 people in the United States and found that the number of glasses people were drinking more recently is actually declining.
“People are drinking a little more than they did a few years ago.
And the number is actually decreasing,” said Dr. David K. Katz, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health and a co-author of the study.
The study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, looked at data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that showed the average person drinks about 12 glasses of water per day.
But the study also showed that people are drinking more glasses than they were a decade ago.
The researchers said they were surprised by the results.
“This was not something that we had expected,” said co-director of the CDC’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Tom Frieden.
“I’m pretty excited about this.
We’ve known for some time that the amount of water that people drink has changed.
But I think it’s the first time that we’ve seen that trend decline.”
According to the CDC, about 11.4 billion Americans drink at least 1 glass of water each day.
This includes drinking glasses (1,000 to 3,000 glasses a day), bottled water, coffee, soda, herbal teas, energy drinks and other beverages.
More information about drinking: The National Institutes on Alcoholism and Alcoholism Prevention (NIAP)