In Britain, only 1 in 4 drink enough water and 4 million have not drunk even a glass of water over a week, says research.
The recommended 2 liters of water a day was consumed by less than a quarter of the adults, while one in seven admit drinking more alcohol than water. Half of them have tea or coffee instead of water and 30% say they need caffeine more. And more than a third of Britons think water is boring.
A survey by SodaStream involving 1,000 adults revealed that 27% of people did not know the recommended daily water intake. But 43% say that water makes them feel energized and 40% say it improves their complexion. And more than half said they wished they drank more water.
GP Dr Ellie Cannon said, "Water is the healthiest way to hydrate; it energizes us, aids digestion and weight loss and improves the complexion to name just a few of the benefits. Despite this, many people are drinking far less than they should and their health could be suffering as a result."
"One in five General Practitioner visits in the UK are down to tiredness and fatigue. It is thought that dehydration could be a culprit in over 12 per cent of cases. Simple tricks like adding a little sparkle to your water can help encourage you to drink more water every day and you'll be feeling healthier and re-energized before you know it," Cannon said.Fiona Hope, managing director of SodaStream UK, added, "The perception that water is boring isn't necessarily surprising, but it's worrying to see the extent people are neglecting such a vital part of their diet."