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Excessive water drinking

A close relative (age 59) drinks 30 - 40 glasses of water or diet coke or tea or coffee, but no alchohol, every day.  This has continued for many years.

He has been diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic and live in a community for the mentally ill.

The effects are diarrohea, excessive urination, dilution of body salts light headedness and glaucoma.  He has tried isotonic but appears to prefer caffeinated drinks.  His social life has been damaged by this disorder and he has no control over the obsession.  When he gets upset he drinks more.  Sometimes he drinks a 12 pack of coke before getting out of bed in the morning.

Is there anything that he or I could do about this to help him overcome this. He is under supervision by an internist and a psychiatrist.
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Dear Rupert,

It must be difficult when a close relative is suffering with multiple problems.
Your relative's excesive drinking may be caused by mental or medical illness.  Endocrinal dysfunction may cause a person to drink excessively. The drinking may also be related to his Schizophrenia or an Obssesive Compulsive Disorder. A complete evaluation is imperative to determine a possible cause.
Fortunately, he is being followed by an internist and a psychiatrist.  With your relative's permission you may discuss your concerns with his doctors.

Best Wishes,


HFHS M.D.-SW
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Hi i just read the letter from Rupert and my Husband has schizopherenia and for about the last 5 months hes been drinking lots of water himself about the same amount and plus coffee (2pots)  I know water is good for you But not as much like hes drinking HE can`t even Leave the house without his cup of WATER should i be concerned about this?        
                       Thankyou
                        Kenna
               Pss i had him read the letter and the DRS reply He goes ok i`ll slow down what makes them drink s much?
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