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Image of glass of water Drink Lots of Water


In the tropics it is important to drink 1-2 litres of water a day or you can run the risk of  dehydration and heat-related illness. If it's hot and you are active, drink more water, rest regularly and stay cool.

Don’t wait until you are thirsty before you drink and try to avoid extra salt as it makes dehydration worse. Diluted fruit juice, isotonic sports’ drinks, tea and low calorie soft drinks are good alternatives, but ordinary soft drinks are too high in sugar to meet your body’s need for water.

Alcohol increases urine output making you more dehydrated; it isn’t a healthy thirst quencher. If you are drinking alcohol, drink water before having any alcohol and make every second drink after that non-alcoholic.


Drinking Water Quality


Queensland the water in larger towns is ‘treated’ and safe to drink from the tap. Towns with a fluoridated water supply include Cairns, Townsville, Cooktown, Mossman, Port Douglas and Moranbah..


Don’t drink untreated water in creeks or rivers.

In very small towns in rural areas, it may be necessary to treat the water by boiling it or using water purification tablets.

If you are unsure about the quality of your tap water, buy bottled water.

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Last Updated: 19 July 2011
Last Reviewed: 19 July 2011