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If It Came to Surviving, Could I Drink Urine?

Will drinking urine when no water is available allow you to survive longer? I have heard conflicting information.

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Question:

Will drinking urine when no water is available allow you to survive longer? I have heard conflicting information.

Submitted by – Dan, Toronto, ON

Answer:

Let’s take a step back from the pee bottle. Without water, you start dehydrating and your urine output decreases. In addition, your urine increases in the concentration of waste products (and that’s why it gets darker in color). In short, there won’t be much urine to drink, and what there is will be bad for you. The SAS Survival Handbook says it all: Never drink urine—never!