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How can you drown in a cup of water?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: No
A normal healthy person (not a baby) won't drown from a cup of water. If he is drinking water and chokes, his epiglottis will shut off any flow of air or water toward the lungs.
His reflex cough automatically spews out any water from trachea, before the water even reaches the lungs. If one is very drunk, he probably won't drown but will get some water or vomit into his lungs, and get pneumonia.

In brief: No
A normal healthy person (not a baby) won't drown from a cup of water. If he is drinking water and chokes, his epiglottis will shut off any flow of air or water toward the lungs.
His reflex cough automatically spews out any water from trachea, before the water even reaches the lungs. If one is very drunk, he probably won't drown but will get some water or vomit into his lungs, and get pneumonia.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Mazen Kherallah
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
In brief: Aspiration
If someone drinks a cup of water and all the water goes to the lungs as a result of inability to protect the airways, we call it aspiration and you may be having consequences because of the that.

In brief: Aspiration
If someone drinks a cup of water and all the water goes to the lungs as a result of inability to protect the airways, we call it aspiration and you may be having consequences because of the that.
Dr. Mazen Kherallah
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