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Can you drink toilet water?

I just got dared, and now I feel like I have to do it.

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Yes, you sure can drink toilet water. You can also kiss cow’s rear end, but I wouldn’t recommend doing either one. Truth be told, you can drink toilet water in an emergency situation. After all, a little salmonella is preferable to death. You have to remember also, that just because you want to drink toilet water, it doesn’t mean you have to drink it out of the bowl. Toilets have tanks, too.

In all seriousness, looking at the toilet as a whole, a medical director and Tisch Hospital in New York says some toilets are much safer to drink from than others. The reason for the discrepancy is the various compositions of the pipes. Older toilets with lead or other metal plumbing could be poisonous if metal particulate leeched into the water.

One of the greatest dangers in drinking toilet water comes from what is known as biofilm. Biofilm is a growth of algae and harmful microbes that can coat the bowl and tank of the toilet. Since the inside of a toilet is always wet, it can become a breeding ground on the inside of the ceramic.

The biofilm that coats the inside of the bowl is much worse than that in the tank. Although urine is sterile, feces contain innumerable bacteria that can cause terrible diseases in the right circumstances, such as when a foolish person drinks it.

Studies have found that the bacteria from feces gets into the biofilm, which acts some kind of super resistance shield to even a deep scrubbing. Toilet bowl biofilm is contaminated even after cleaning. A sparkling bowl is no indicator of cleanliness. Remember, bacteria are invisible to the naked eye.

Another danger of drinking toilet water is that many people use some type of long-lasting toilet bowl cleaner that you drop in the tank. A lot of these cleaners are blue, but many of the newer ones are colorless.

So, my final word is that you should take the shame of not completing the dare. What is really more shameful, not following a dare or drinking toilet water? Think about it.

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