A man from Arkansas ruined his kidneys by drinking a gallon of iced-tea a day. That’s a lot of iced-tea. I think I’d drown if I drank a gallon of anything, even water. I probably don’t go through a gallon of gas in a day. Now, the critics say the guy, who was also said to be diabetic, was nuts for consuming so much tea, no doubt sweetened. But I say don’t be so quick to judge. In the Arkansas heat, and it’s hot there let me tell you, one could easily throw back a gallon of just about anything – beer, bourbon, iced tea, white lightening or anything in between. That the man drank a gallon of tea is not surprising, especially if he spent a lot of time outdoors, as many Arkansans do. And iced-tea, as strange as it may sound, is a staple for many southerners, and it’s not necessarily sweetened. Growing up in Arkansas, we always had a pitcher of unsweetened Lipton iced-tea with lemon wedges at the dinner table, especially during the sweltering summers. We never had sugar at the table, ever. But no one I knew drank a gallon of the stuff in a day, and good thing because black tea contains a chemical that is apparently toxic in high concentrations. And though rare, the chemical can clog up kidneys and cause them to shut down. The poor man will have to be on dialysis for the rest of his life. But again, I’m not calling him crazy for drinking so much. The article called his consumption a habit, although it may have been more of an addiction. But who doesn’t have a bad habit, or addiction?
Now I don’t drink a gallon of anything but I do watch a gallon’s worth of M*A*S*H reruns and frequently binge watch stuff on Netflix. I watched three gallons worth of House of Cards in 3 days. I downed all the available episodes of VEEP and The 100 in little under a week, feeling quite hung over afterwards. As a result, my eyesight has suffered and I believe I have a real case of text neck from bending so much, as much as 60 degrees, to view my devices. Some would say I’ve broken bad flattening the natural curve in my neck by binge watching Breaking Bad on my Samsung Galaxy Tab. However, unless all those rare earth metals in my devices have done a number on me, I believe my kidneys are still intact.