Physiological and Psychological Aspects

  • David J. Ramsay
  • David Booth

Part of the ILSI Human Nutrition Reviews book series (ILSI HUMAN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Perspectives on Thirst

  3. Physiological Influences on Drinking

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. M. J. McKinley
      Pages 77-92
    3. E. Szczepanska-Sadowska
      Pages 110-130
    4. D. Denton
      Pages 131-146
  4. Neural Pathways of Water Deficit Signals

  5. Neural Organization of Drinking Behaviour

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. R. Norgren
      Pages 221-231
    3. T. Schallert
      Pages 232-240
  6. Behavioural Organization of Drinking

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 277-277
    2. P. C. Holland
      Pages 279-295
    3. F. S. Kraly
      Pages 296-312
  7. Determinants of Human Fluid Intake

  8. Variations in Human Fluid Intake

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 401-401
    2. P. A. Phillips, C. I. Johnston, L. Gray
      Pages 403-411
    3. M. J. Fregly, N. E. Rowland
      Pages 422-442
    4. G. L. Robertson
      Pages 453-477
  9. A Concluding View

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 479-479
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 503-509

About these proceedings


At one time or another, everyone has said "I am thirsty". Yet what causes this sensation of thirst? It is obvious that a certain quantity of fluid must be present for the body to function normally. How does a water deficit in the body then influence drinking habits? But supposing the physiological need is met, what about the psychological need or social need? Water is certainly the most necessary fluid; then why do we humans often prefer other beverages, even at great cost of effort or money or health? The subject of thirst and drinking behavior are uniquely discussed in this book. For the first time both the physiological and the psychological aspects of water and beverage consumption are examined in one volume. The many recent developments concerning how a lack of water is signalled physiologically and processed neurally to affect drinking behavior are critically surveyed. Prospects for understanding the cultural and sensory influences on beverage consumption are mapped out. The thirty-one chapters by authorities in the field were all mutually reviewed and revised in the light of precirculated comments and round-table discussions. Together they provide a complete picture of the current state of knowledge on what determines fluid consumption in human beings and animals.


Trinkwasser adaptation alcohol drinking behaviour fluid consumption morphology nutrition osmoregulation pathophysiology pharmacology physiology psychophysiology receptor vertebrates water balance

Editors and affiliations

  • David J. Ramsay
    • 1
  • David Booth
    • 2
  1. 1.University of California - San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Nutritional Psychology Research Group, School of PsychologyUniversity of BirminghamEdgbaston, BirminghamUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4471-1819-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-1817-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0936-4072
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