This week, NHS 24 told the UK via national broadcasting media, to drink plenty of fluids but avoid tea, coffee and alcohol. There was a veritable deluge of protest from educated listeners and viewers, a consequence of which, was the wheeling out of experts (at last) in the matter of fluid intake.
1.Tea, (whatever your personal tastes might be) is an ancient well tried remedy and in hotter drier countries than ours, for rehydrating and refreshing individuals.
2.Coffee, in moderation will not do any harm, it will leave the drinker with a residue of fluid that might not otherwise be taken, several hundreds of millilitres in fact. Other liquids such as water should not be neglected.
3.Alcohol will dehydrate. NHS 24 got 1:3 right. If that is not worrying, what is?
And the nation is being told to rely on NHS 24 advice. Help!!!