Do Americans drink hot water?

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Jan 15, 2018 53 Comments

I have heard that Americans only drink cold water. They never drink hot water. Is it true?

To clarify:
Tea does not count. And hot water should be as hot as any hot coffee you get from Starbucks.

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  • NerdWallet ChadBluth
    By default water in the US is consumed cool or on ice. I was confused when I went to other places and it was warm, I assumed it was because tap water was contaminated and had to be boiled beforehand.

    Iโ€™ve also learned that as an American the volume of fluids I consume is abnormal: weโ€™d have 3 cold glasses of water or sparkling water or sometimes even juice with every meal growing up. And for every glass of wine weโ€™d match it 1:1 with a glass of water. In Asia, Iโ€™m inconveniencing everyone if I pour myself a second small glass of abnormally hot water because the pitcher at the table is so small.
    Jan 15, 2018 8
    • Salesforce SYQT75
      What does that have anything to do with anything? Lobotomy was established before electroshock therapy.
      Jan 15, 2018
    • The Man wants you to drink that fluoride water
      Jan 15, 2018
    • Google savgegrdn
      Wait, 6-8oz of water a day? That seems way too small! I drink water only when I'm thirsty and it's easily a liter. Easily.
      Jan 15, 2018
    • AT&T / Ops
      DDM2K

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      Noticed I started drinking twice as much water (in added volume, not replacing other drinks with it) when I came to the west coast.

      This came out of nowhere as an unexplained daily craving.
      Jan 15, 2018
    • AT&T / Ops
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      Trophy4all,

      Yes to harden the pineal gland which essentially is the mindโ€™s third eye. Perhaps why we feel so bright and โ€œaliveโ€ as children, and feel a degree of depersonalization as we get older.

      I still drink unfiltered city water for the taste.

      ๐Ÿ˜•
      Jan 15, 2018
  • Apple chipotlefa
    Americans donโ€™t drinks cold water, they drink cold water with ice.
    Jan 15, 2018 3
    • Microsoft / Eng
      MP3

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      Keepinโ€™ it cool ๐Ÿ˜Ž
      Jan 15, 2018
    • Expedia / Eng
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      Even during winter?
      Jan 15, 2018
    • Apple chipotlefa
      All the restaurants serve water in ice cold bucket. In winters too.
      Jan 15, 2018
  • AT&T / Ops
    DDM2K

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    Why the fuck would one drink plain hot water? What culture does this come from and is there any science behind it?

    My mother likes drinking room temperature water but sheโ€™s also weird.
    Jan 15, 2018 3
    • OpenText / Eng
      no_scrubs

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      China. Part of Chinese Traditional Medicine philosophy. What google guy said up there about digestive properties.
      Jan 15, 2018
    • New / Product
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      This. In China, very few people drink cold water. You have to specifically ask for it.
      Jan 16, 2018
    • Airbnb bearbnb
      it might be the lack of convenient filters. the cold water I typically get from restaurants is bottled, or hot water manually cooled with an excess of ice cubes
      Jan 16, 2018
  • Jan 15, 2018 0
  • I prefer room temp water.
    Jan 15, 2018 0
  • Amazon
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    People from shithole countries drink hot water because they are worried it might be contaminated. If it's hot they know it's been boiled.
    Jan 15, 2018 1
    • Airbnb Youtood
      Also the reason why people drink soda water / water with bubbles
      Jan 16, 2018
  • Gen!x / Eng
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    Whatever I do is what all Americans do because we are a hive mind. Devoid of individuality or regional distinctions.

    All 350m of us.

    Duh!
    Jan 15, 2018 1
    • Uber Warl0ck
      Hive mind forever!!
      Jan 15, 2018
  • CoreLogic / Product
    Asiandude

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    Yes, an overwhelming majority.
    /thread
    Jan 15, 2018 0
  • Amazon fRdk65$$
    I always ask for water with no ice. No clue why anyone wants to drink ice water especially when it's cold outside.
    Jan 15, 2018 2
    • Gen!x / Eng
      XPbr65

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      It was sub-zero degrees this weekend in my area. I donโ€™t know anyone asking for ice in their water then
      Jan 15, 2018
    • Jacobs / Eng elle.
      I do this. This morning I took a glass of ice water with me in the car. I didn't end up drinking much of it before I got to work. When I came out to my car late this afternoon not only had the original ice in the water not melted but the rest of the water was frozen too... :/
      I think the whole ice in the water thing is just habit at some point (like today).
      Jan 16, 2018
  • Cisco / Product
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    Who the fuck cares??
    Jan 15, 2018 0
  • Airbnb bearbnb
    all the us companies Iโ€™ve worked for so far provide hot water in their micro kitchens. I guess they arenโ€™t there to serve expatriates only
    Jan 15, 2018 3
    • Thatโ€™s for making tea or soup. Drinking that by itself would be super weird.
      Jan 15, 2018
    • Uber / Eng HVD2014
      How do you make soup in a micro kitchen...

      Edit: I mean I suppose itโ€™s possible if you mix hot water with copious amounts of ketchup
      Jan 15, 2018
    • Airbnb bearbnb
      fair point, we donโ€™t have tea bags so I overlooked that possibility
      Jan 15, 2018
  • Facebook / Other Ufhfhch
    I have never known anyone to drink just pure hot water without anything in it. MAYBE when you are sick, but you add a little bit of honey to it. Iโ€™ve lived in the US my entire life. How common is it in other countries?
    Jan 15, 2018 2
    • Expedia / Eng
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      People in Taiwan drink hot water during winter
      Jan 15, 2018
    • Uber Thisisbag
      I drink hot water every winter night. Seems to help to reduce throat sore. It also makes me more comfortable. I only do that in my home country though. The heating system in the US is so good that I don't need it.
      Jan 16, 2018
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    Jan 15, 2018 1
    • Cruise Automation / Eng โžฟ
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      Jan 16, 2018
  • Reddit / Ops khIe67
    I'm American and went on a date with an American girl who ordered hot water. Thought it was the weirdest thing.
    Jan 15, 2018 0
  • I mean outside of Asia it's not really a thing? Like the rest of the world
    Jan 15, 2018 0
  • Amazon 4321
    Before now, I never even heard of someone drinking hot plain water. I've lived my whole life in the U.S.
    Jan 15, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Sales
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    What is the benefit of hot water? What has the biggest carbon footprint? Heating water to boiling point or chilling water (considering that the refrigerator is also keeping other food cold.
    Jan 15, 2018 5
    • Pinterest
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      In 3rd world countries without clean drinking water, it's customary to boil water before drinking it.
      Jan 15, 2018
    • Expedia / Eng
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      OP
      We drink hot water because it is cold outside
      Jan 15, 2018
    • Microsoft / Sales
      Happynoob

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      Ok so we don't need to boil water here and we have heat inside our homes so I guess cold water it is
      Jan 15, 2018
    • Google Etheran
      Hot water is also supposed to have better digestive properties (Not confirmed, Iโ€™m just the messenger). So itโ€™s common in many Asian counties to consume hot water or hot tea w meals
      Jan 15, 2018
    • Microsoft / Sales
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      Oh I drink hot tea in summer, it warms my body and makes the outside feel cooler.
      Jan 15, 2018
  • Microsoft C#
    Uhh. I mean I drink cold water and warm water and Tea. Does Tea or warm water count as โ€œhot waterโ€ ??
    Jan 15, 2018 2
    • Expedia / Eng
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      OP
      Tea coffee do not count.
      Jan 15, 2018
    • Expedia / Eng
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      Hot water I mean H2O as hot as hot chocolate
      Jan 15, 2018
  • I once drank hot water only in the Midwest area and the manager laughed at me.... that was odd... but I guess yes you are right.
    Jan 22, 2018 0
  • Google / Eng Daless
    This is the first time I hear anything about drinking hot water. It sounds terrible.
    Jan 15, 2018 0

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