Exams – don’t bottle it!

Hattie / 11th May, 2017 / News

A recent study carried out by psychologists at the University of East London and University of Westminster shows that drinking a large glass of (roughly 300ml) water can boost attention by almost 25%. The researchers drew their conclusions after carrying out a series of attention and memory tests on young adults and also showed that after drinking 300ml, thirst was satisfied and reports of ‘good mood’ increased by almost 20%.

The results follow a similar study carried out in 2012 by the same universities which found that students who drank water in the exam room scored an average of 5% higher than those who didn’t. We say go for it!  Water is one of nature’s most wondrous resources and we should all be drinking plenty of it.

Our understanding is that this research was commissioned by the Natural Hydration Council, which is funded by providers of bottled water. As firm supporters of Surfers against Sewage’s (SAS) campaign to apply a 10p deposit on all plastic bottles, we say don’t waste your, or anyone else’s, hard-earned money on bottled water unless you absolutely have to. According to SAS, in the UK we use a staggering 38.5 million single-use plastic bottles and a further 58 million cans every day! Only half of these are recycled, so it’s no surprise that many of these end up on our beaches and in our oceans.


Plastic bottles take 450 years to break down, killing marine life, harming the coastal ecosystem and ruining our beaches. A small deposit on plastic bottles and cans would dramatically increase recycling and reduce marine plastic pollution. Plastic bag use has plummeted by an estimated 80%  in England since the introduction of a 5p charge in 2015.

As we are lucky enough to have some of the cleanest and safest drinking water in the world, quite literally always on tap, why not invest in a recycled, reusable water bottle so you have it to hand whenever you are on the go – or in the exam room. Here at UNFM, we have a constant supply of chilled tap water in reusable glass water bottles that keeps us hydrated, mood fit and paying attention to an environment that is slowly being suffocated by plastic. If you share our concerns, please sign the SAS petition here.


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