Health bores like to tell us all that we need to drink bathfuls of water per day, otherwise the Grim Reaper will come calling.

But you actually don’t.

Experts now believe that some advice on how much water we need to drink is wildly overstated – and any fluid (NOT just water) will do.

Men need to drink 2 litres of fluid per day, and women 1.6 litres – but any fluids, including tea, coffee and fruit juices, count.

Sorry, booze hounds – the one thing that DOESN’T count is alcohol, as it’s a diuretic, which dehydrates you as you drink it.

David Wheeler of Kidney Research UK says, ‘You really don’t have to drink water to keep the body hydrated, and the kidneys functioning.

‘Fluid as fluid as far as the body is concerned, with the exception of alcohol, which has a diuretic effect, and can dehydrate us.’

source: metro UK