How I kicked my Coke habit
September 28th, 2011
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Holy crap, did I used to drink a lot of Diet Coke. Not just a can or two at lunch and one with dinner. Not just a pick-me-up in the afternoon or the tail end of a droopy morning. More like two liters a day at the very minimum - sometimes four.

Had the end times come and yea and verily the East and Hudson rivers risen up and swallowed New York, I could have easily lashed together a raft of the empty plastic bottles I'd amassed in my recycling bin since the last trash day. First port of call: wherever they're keeping the rest of the Diet Coke. And I'd probably have to fight for it.

I can spot a Diet Coke addict from across the room. At the first sip of one freshly poured or popped, there's a barely perceptible sigh and slump; their itch has been scratched.

A casual drinker will simply slug, quench and continue about their normal activities, but the Diet Coke freak cannot be so nonchalant. They'll pause for a moment, sinking in and surrendering to the sweet fizz. Then comes the surreptitious scan of the premises to ensure there's easy access to more.

For many, it's less enjoyment than appeasement of a bubble-hungry little beast within. It's a physical need with definite emotional underpinnings, bordering on addiction. While the root causes of that are a matter of great debate among healthcare professionals who claim it's tied to everything from caffeine dependence to chasing an ever-elusive high triggered but not satisfied by artificial sweeteners like the aspartame in my precious Diet Coke, that meant jack to me over the course of the twenty or so years I spent trying to kick the habit.

Frankly, I didn't care to give much mind to experts, friends and partners who suggested I cut back a tad, citing expense, lack of storage space, late-night convenience store pilgrimages and (in an anonymous, locally-postmarked letter later traced back to my roommate) concern over "Where does the caramel coloring go?"

One boyfriend went so far as to ask me, on the eve of our anniversary meal at a high-end Manhattan restaurant, "Would you mind not ordering a Diet Coke at dinner tomorrow night?" I refrained from ordering one (not on his account, but because I opted for the restaurant's notable wine pairings), but not from pointing out the tables around us with Diet Cokes upon them. There, it came in small glass bottles for fanciness' sake. I was clearly not alone in my obsession.

We take care of each other, the Diet Coke addicts of the world. My grad school roommate and I had an unspoken pact that even if we were running late to campus in the morning, we'd take five minutes to stop off at the local convenience store and stock up for the day - me with a well-iced fountain cup and her with a two-liter that she'd swig from throughout the day, even after it reached room temperature. Gross, but her devotion paid off; she married the cashier who sold us our fix every day.

After that came a boss whose office I dared not enter for a long meeting unless I came bearing a cold bottle for her, a friend who'd also show up at parties with the requisite wine for the host - along with a two liter of Diet Coke for her own personal consumption, and my now-husband who I adored on his own merits, but even more when he started stocking Diet Coke for me in his own fridge. Bad habits appreciate the heck out of company - and I'd justify it by noting that I didn't smoke, drink to excess, do drugs or bungee jump - but it was time to quit.

It was, in fact, quitting time for a long time. I was sick to death of the expense, the hauling of bottles, the financial support of a company with which I had some serious ethical issues and perhaps more than anything, the feeling that I had no control over this particular area of my life.

It seems like such an insignificant thing, but there's an inherent anxiety to any addiction. I wasn't going to go all foamy-mouthed and twitchy on the floor, but I felt tremendous stress if I didn't know there was another bottle or can close at hand. If I knew I'd be staying over, I'd show up at a friend or boyfriend's home with a supply so I'd be assured a cold one in the morning, and keep bottles stashed in office desk drawers just in case the vending machine ran out.

My attempts to quit were a running joke with friends, but truly, it hurt - both physically and psychically. I shook and worried and my head pounded. I'm an exceptionally friendly person (or at least I try to be), but I was crabby and short with people I love and I'm convinced it wasn't just the caffeine. That, I could get anywhere. There is something specifically in Diet Coke that pushes buttons in me that others might simply be missing. Lucky them; this was humiliating.

And then the Sodastream happened. I'd wanted this magical machine for ages, but couldn't justify the counter space or the purchase price. It is simply a carbonation device - screw a specially fitted bottle of plain tap water onto a nozzle, press a button, and release. Some people choose to augment the water with flavored syrups, but as it turns out, I'm a purist. Who'd have guessed?

My husband presented me with one of these for Christmas, and I appreciated the novelty. It makes a comical little honking sound upon operation, and one can opt for everything from a mild sparkle to a riotous, nose-tickling rush of bubbles. I began drinking a glass or two of carbonated water a day, then three or four or more and it wasn't until I tripped over an unopened bottle of Diet Coke on the kitchen floor one day that I realized I hadn't bought any for weeks.

I have no idea how I was released from diet cola's hold, but I opt for seltzer or water in or out of the house every time now. I haven't supplanted the caffeine or the sweetness with anything else, and the most I'll adulterate the sparkling water is by adding a dash or two of Fee Brothers peach or celery flavored bitters or a dash of Tabasco sauce, because I have really odd flavor issues. I'll chalk it up to a fizz addiction which is - lame, I admit, but I'll take it.

Tallied up, that's a savings of (with New York City pricing) $850 a year at the very low end of an estimate and a cool grand or more if we're figuring in taxes and bottle deposit - not to mention the 400 or more plastic and metal containers I'm no longer chucking willy-nilly at the planet. That's pretty darned cool to me.

I certainly don't mind if folks around me are having a Diet Coke and a smile. I just won't be chilling out with them - for now.

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  1. Angela

    I was ADDICTED to Diet Dr. Pepper. For approximately 18 years, I drank at least 7-8 cans a day. Then, one day I realized the risks involved with drinking the aspartame and all that I quit. Silly me....I didn't start drinking anything really instead, and severely dehydrated myself. I was suddenly inside the body of a 95 year old...having to have help standing...not understanding what was going on. My mother actually figured it out the morning I was to go to the doctor...she came to my house at 5:00am and said "YOU NEED WATER". LOL.....*DUH* Why didn't I think of that? My main source of fluid was Diet DP for SO LONG...Anyway...I still kicked the habit although I almost killed myself for not REPLACING the Diet DP with other fluids. :)

    June 20, 2014 at 10:13 am |
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    March 29, 2014 at 12:16 am |
  3. Kat

    I am a Coca-Cola addict.

    October 22, 2013 at 2:11 am |
  4. George

    I stopped my cravings for colar (all sugar and carbs really) with garcinia cambogia. I also posted a great video from the University Of California about it:

    September 3, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
  5. Not_THIRSTY_for Sodas

    Soda is cross.

    It's too swet and sticky,and leaves this slimey feeling in your mouth.

    yuck yuck yuck

    February 25, 2013 at 8:39 pm |
  6. jen

    when i was in army basic training we (of course) were not allowed to have sodas. i was drinking a lot of dr pepper before i went in so that kinda sucked...but i managed to get ahold of a dr pepper bottle lid and keep in hidden in my clothes so i could take it out and sniff it...i could almost taste it...and then the day i graduated i drank two liters of dp in less that 10 minutes and my bladder couldnt handle it after drinking only water for so long...ever since then i've been able to cut back, but i still treat myself. no, it's not an addiction, but it is amazing...and diet dp is TERRIBLE those commercials are LIARS.

    February 24, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
  7. Mel

    I avoid aspartame like the plaque, but I'm stuck on the reg. stuff. Still looking for a healthy replacement to regular coke... *sigh*

    January 22, 2013 at 12:55 am |
    • Flo

      How do you avoid plaque? Isn't that why you regularly go to a dentist?

      January 22, 2013 at 6:52 am |
      • Rare


        July 30, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
  8. MKB24

    I'm addicted to the leaded Coke. I just can't kick it. And to be honest, I don't want to.

    October 24, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  9. Norm

    I am diet coke free for 6 weeks now. The 1st week was the hardest. I didn't realize how sluggish I would be without that extra caffeine, but I am. I am glad I stopped my 2 litter a day for 32 years habit!

    October 23, 2011 at 12:13 am |
  10. steve

    I started drinking 2 liter bottles of seltzer water because I couldn't afford the coke. To my amazement after the 2nd bottle I didn't want the coke anymore. I've been addicted to seltzer water ever since, but it's a helluva lot healthier than coke. p.s. if you have a choice, most people can't tell the difference between club soda and seltzer water. They are basically the same but club soda has sodium added to it. Since most Americans get too much sodium, well, you figure it out.

    October 21, 2011 at 1:53 am |
  11. Barry

    I knew a guy who came in the grocery store, where I worked, and would buy two two liters of coke and be back an hour later buying two more.
    One time he drank a six pack of diet coke while standing around talking to me,the man had to have a cast iron stomach.

    October 4, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
  12. SaraS

    Can I just say that I love the author used the term "DC"... in college that was my roommates' term for Diet Coke because we were all so addicted. Text messages: DC at home? Commonly heard in conversation: Want to do a DC run?

    Haha. I wasn't as addicted as this poor girl – if I have Sprite Zero, diet A&W or other sodas in the house I can go off DC for a long period of time – but on average I drink 2 cans a day and if I haven't had any soda in a while, anytime i'm in my car I consider going through the nearest drive-thru for a big 32-oz large, light ice DC. :)

    October 4, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  13. Everett23

    I am a coke addict. I have never gotten into diet coke. But I am the same as the author on my addiction to coke. I don't drink coffee so I have coke instead to wake up. But, I will drink it with brreakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks...I can't stop. Maybe I will try the carbonated water trick. I really need to stop. My son is always making fun of me when I get a coke because he always sees me drinking it with meals. Help!!

    October 4, 2011 at 11:48 am |
    • Richard

      I was a coke addict.. very particular too, I had to have the 20 oz bottles, not the cans or the 2-liters or the 1-liter or 16 ouncers. To me, they tasted different. Anyway, I kicked it by buying the flavored bottle water for about 70 cents for a liter at Wal Mart. They come in a lot of flavors I like including Mandarin Orange and Golden Peach. The hard part about finding a substitute is I don't like a ton of carbonation and I like something that still tastes good once it's at room temperature. The Wal Mart bottles would last me longer and they also had zero calories. I'll still have a coke every few weeks or so, but it's a far cry from when I'd go through a six pack in a day.

      October 15, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
  14. Doralee

    I am a Diet Coke addict that got pregnant and had to quit. So that's one way to stop I guess. I still sneak one sometimes... there are days when it's the only way to make it through. (My doc's ok with that.)

    October 4, 2011 at 11:23 am |
  15. Rick

    If you kick caffeine, you can easily stop drinking coca cola and any other caffeinated beverage.

    I rarely drink soda, but when i do, I insist on sugar beverages only, no corn syrup, and only tasty, naturally flavored beverages like gourmet root beer, or mexican fruit sodas.

    I treat soda like candy, its a treat, not a way to get your H20 for the day.

    October 2, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  16. yvette

    I have switched to seltzer water or club soda with two fresh limes squeezed into it. The fizziness gets rid of the craving. And sans limes, it has ZERO calories.

    September 30, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  17. JessDR

    Heh, I'm having a very similar experience with my sodastream. The soda junkies in my office bought one together when we moved to a new building, and I liked it so much I got one for home. I still do drink diet coke in the morning, but I've cut back a LOT, and now I'm more likely to drink seltzer for the rest of the day (vs. more diet coke or caffeine-free diet coke).

    I am going to have to try that tabasco idea...

    September 30, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  18. Former Diet Coke Freak

    I used to drink at least 6 Diet Cokes per day (in ice – VERY cold). Loved them. Could not imagine life without DC.

    Unfortunately, after 20 years of drinking Diet Coke, I noticed the mucus in my sinuses had gotten so bad I had to go to the doctor. The post nasal drip was so bad it was burning up my vocal cords. The doctor said I would have to take steroids for the rest of my life.

    A friend of mine suggested I stop the Diet Coke for 48 hours and see what happened. When I did, 70% of the mucus cleared. That was the last Diet Coke I ever drank. After about a year I had the clearest nasal passages on the planet. They have stayed that way (5 years and counting).

    Take up nice cold water and tea. Your body will thank you.

    September 30, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • Nahsal Picker from Pickerstan

      I like to dig in and then eat my Boogers....What will I do if I quit DC?

      September 30, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
      • fin fan foe

        Maybe you will grow a brain...

        October 4, 2011 at 9:30 am |
  19. Cynthia

    I quit drinking alcohol 13 years and 4 months ago and recreational drugs several years before that, but regular Coke – OMG – how many times have I said "OK, tomorrow is the day I stop...." or "this is absolutely the last one." There have been thousands of times. I used to drink a lot of water but now I have coke from morning til night. The times I've made some progress is in drinking the zero calorie vitamin water drinks. They are delicious, but nothing has that fresh, aha feeling of the first drink of a coke. I can hardly believe what it's come to and I know coke is what has put on the weight. Sugar is most definitely addicting and from what I understand there's a close correlation between alcohol addiction and too much sugar consumption. I currently have a refrigerator full of ice tea but I know I'll get some coke when I go on my errands later. I find it incredibly hard to quit and I certainly speak as one who is a recovering alcoholic and can't have even one taste of alcohol. Anything with aspartame gives me headaches and I hate the taste of diet coke anyway. Maybe for some it's a bad habit, but for others it's truly an addiction and emotional comfort. It's very tough to quit but I think my kidneys are starting to have a problem and hopefully that will give me the motivation to quit this altogether too heavenly drink.

    September 29, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
  20. EGVLifer

    I was up to 14 cans of Diet Coke a day! I had high blood pressure, headaches all the time, and couldn't sleep. But NOOOO!, it couldn't be the diet coke causing the issue? One day I decided to quit drinking it all together just to see if I'd miss it. I had a heck of a headache for two weeks and was irritable (OK, more than usual) and couldn't sleep. Then after the two weeks it's like a light switch went off. The blood pressure is now very low, I sleep all night and no more headaches! But I'm sure it is a coincidence, no the lack of Diet Coke! LOL

    September 29, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • Jim

      No, I don't think it was the DC!

      October 6, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  21. Rick

    I used to drink 4 or 5 Cokes a day, I slowly started replacing with water, Iced water, real real cold. It didn't help me loose any weight cause I still eat like a fat pig but at least I took that sugar out of my diet.....Diet...What a strange word really...LOL.

    September 29, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • flappin in the breeze

      That's right, ice cold water replaced Coke and I dropped 10 lbs in a year.

      September 29, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
    • Descartes@Rick & flappin'

      I've had a couple of people tell me that drinking cold water is bad for you, too. Makes the duodenum work harder to heat up the water so you can metabolize it. KeeeristonnaCross. We're all gonna die anyway. I'll take my chances with a body part that looks like it belongs to Schwarzenegger. Thanks.

      September 29, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  22. Calorie Control Council

    As a dietitian with the Calorie Control Council, I am very concerned about the misinformation presented in this article. With more than half of Americans overweight or obese, diet sodas are a safe, simple and effective tool in helping to manage weight and caloric intake. Further, the information presented in this article is not reflective of the weight of the scientific evidence nor the position of leading health and regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the American Dietetic Association and the American Diabetes Association. ( Low-calorie sweeteners used in diet sodas have been very thoroughly studied and found to be safe time and time again.

    Most health professionals would agree that making small, lifestyle changes is one of the best ways to lose weight and keep that weight off. It is unfortunate that this article contains misinformation that may unduly alarm people when diet sodas (and other foods that use sugar-substitutes) can be a simple (and safe) lifestyle change that can easily be incorporated into an overall healthy eating plan to manage calories and weight. However, they are not a magic bullet but rather a tool to incorporate into an overall healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and a balanced diet.

    - Beth Hubrich, RD with the Calorie Control Council

    September 29, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • Apologies to Firesign Theater

      Well, George, how DOES a man your age stay in such good condition?"

      "I don't eat."

      "You don't eat?"

      "No. But it hasn't affected my appetite any."

      September 29, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
    • BucketDrop

      Would you mind being a little more specific about exactly what is incorrect about this article? Without specifics, I'm afraid it would be foolish to trust statements from a representative of the diet foods industry such as yourself. You have an agenda as part of the Calorie Control Council industry association.

      It would seem that habits such as this and caffeine addiction (I hope you aren't seriously suggesting caffeine is not addictive) can cause the symptoms this author describes. Wouldn't you agree?

      September 29, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
    • Seriously

      A thank you to Beth Hubrich, RD, for a little reason to leaven such idiocies as "studies have shown that the artificial sweeteners cause the body to store more fat than naturally occuring sugars", typically posted as unattributed assertions.

      September 29, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
      • BucketDrop

        "Seriously" the topic below is about a Purdue study on rats with yogurt. See my post below for more info.

        September 29, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • Saved from diet coke

      Read "Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills" (written by an MD). You are either ignorant or lying.

      September 29, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • Lana

      I don't think this post is meant for people who are substituting Diet Coke for sugary coke as a weightloss mechanism. I have been trying to stop drinking Diet Coke for years now... and I can't. I really can't. And because I find myself making my lunch choices based on where I can get a Diet Coke, I have to say that in my heart, I know I will lose weight when I finally kick the habit for good. Today I am on Day 5.

      September 29, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
    • Paul

      Hi Beth,

      Your comments are a bit troubling because they are vague and unsubstantiated. The experts and organizations that you cite as the official word on whether something is safe or not have histories of misconceptions and mistakes. The FDA declared DES and Thalidomide safe in the 70's and the result was miscarriages and children born with flippers instead of arms and legs. The list of mistakes and reversals is huge and sadly the results of these mistakes are irreversible. Any drug or chemical that is introduced into the body will have some effect either immediate (allergy) or cumulative. Aspartame is an artificial sweetener deemed safe, well so was Saccharin until they decide that it might cause cancer in rats (what doesn't). There are studies that say Aspartame can damage neurons in the brain. The phosphates in Coke rob your bones of calcium, here's an experiment for you to try...take some baby teeth (human) and drop them in a glass of Coke and in 3 days they will be mush and in 5 days they will disappear. The Sodium Benzoate preservative has hundreds of studies on it where they say it has the ability to switch off vital parts of your DNA. Now before you pooh pooh the studies I have mentioned, please keep in mind that I wouldn't trust the FDA to help me make an informed decision about anything. They have too much pressure from big money forces to get something approved.
      You have to do your own research and swim against the tide a bit. Diet Coke is sort of like a weak poison that builds up over the years and insidiously hooking you into with the caffeine. I realize you are a Registered Dietitian but that only goes so far. The person who wrote the article is writing from real life experience. You can't beat real life from laboratory life. If you want to know more about me Beth, I wrote a reply on sept 28th around 4 starts with , I'm 54.... So no offense intended but I think the person who wrote the article did a service and it was for people with an addiction that would like to see how other people deal with it.

      September 29, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
    • Suzanne

      Ma'am, it is obvious that you are a shill for the artificial sweetener industry. Aspartame and Sucralose are the worst kind of garbage you can put into your body. I wlll stick with water and unsweetened iced tea, thank you very much.

      October 5, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
    • Mom of Three

      Well, I won't be going to YOU. I used to believe that I was getting a free pass by indulging in numerous Diet Pepsis a day. Problem was, either the caffeine or the reaction my body was having to the perceived sweetness I was ingesting would cause my blood sugar to crash–hard–at which point I would eat anything just to stop shaking. Since I've given up DIET Pepsi, I am dropping weight–I drink seltzer water instead or homemade tea, which, even though it has caffeine, does not result in the same crash as diet soda did.

      October 18, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
    • Ed

      You are full of it! You must work for the soda companies. Diet soda is very bad for you.

      November 16, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
  23. Observer

    I'll say one thing ... I look around my office and see all these fat bottomed chicks knocking back 4 or 5 REAL Cokes a day and then I laugh when they wonder why their behinds are getting so huge. There's a couple hundred calories in each can, as opposed to zero in a diet drink. And don't give me that garbage about you can't stand the taste of artificial sweetners. you can learn to like anything if you really want to. Course, if that fat butt is that important to you, just keep on a chuggin' ...

    September 29, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • anonnymoose

      Actually, studies have shown that the artificial sweeteners cause the body to store more fat than naturally occuring sugars (such as sucrose, dextrose, fructose, etc.) do. Drinking diet sodas is not better for you and drinking real Coke will not cause you to gain more weight than drinking Diet Coke.

      September 29, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
      • Observer

        Where are you getting your facts from? Have you seen the calorie count on a can of regular Coke? And you say that "... drinking real Coke will not cause you to gain more weight than drinking Diet Coke." A couple hundred calories vs. ZERO calories and there's no difference in weight gain???? Sorry, but you'll have to explain that one to me ...

        September 29, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
      • Citation@Observer

        Anally extruded facts are next to impossible to prove.

        September 29, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
      • Saved from diet coke

        This is correct.

        September 29, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
      • Please

        The particulars (Author, book or journal title, publisher, date) of just one of your referenced "studies".

        No, I didn't think so.

        September 29, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
        • Shirley U Jest

          Lazy tards. If you don't believe something how far out of your way will you go to keep your belief, no matter how wrong it is?
          Check this one of many many articles about the subject – IF you are willing to learn.

          November 16, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
      • BucketDrop

        All, this person is referring to the Purdue University Ingestive Behavior Research Center's rat study published by Drs. Swithers and Davidson which compared yogurt sweetened with Saccharin to that sweetened with sugar. They found rats who consumed the Saccharin yogurt later ate more calories in other food and gained more weight than the rats that ate the sugary yogurt. A simple google search will find this paper for you if you are interested.

        September 29, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
      • BucketDrop

        I also must say that one rat study doesn't make something true, but it is just a little piece of the puzzle...all part of this messy scientific process we call progress :)

        September 29, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
      • M. Drop

        "They found rats who consumed the Saccharin (a specific sweetener) yogurt later ATE more calories in other food..."

        is indeed plausible, but that's hardly the same as

        "...artificial sweeteners (all?) cause the body to STORE more fat than naturally occuring sugars", now is it?

        Anyhow, thank you for the (more accurate) reference.

        September 29, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
      • BucketDrop

        M. Drop, couldn't agree more. Plus, rats are not humans. However, the study cannot be discarded as hooey when considering the relationship between weight gain and food consumption.

        September 29, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  24. it's the fizz

    i was a life-long Coke "addict" up until recently; i'm in my early 40s. i could never stand the artificial sweetener taste of diet products. i loved the burn of my specific tasting carbonated soda. but my habit, while still daily, had dwindled to just a few shots with a meal; i like drinking something of flavor if eating something with a bite that hangs on. i realized the sweetness of Coke had become a turnoff. i like my sweets, but drinking that sugary syrup had become virtually disgusting to me. so i quit. i drink unsweetened green/white tea now, delish and healthy (and yes, naturally caffeinated). i didn't really miss the Coke. what i missed was...the burrrn. so i get my fix of carbonation now only when i have a beer or insert some seltzer water into the mix. i love that i'm not just drinking pure cr@p anymore.

    September 29, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  25. John

    You're all a bunch of pansies!

    I drink 10-12 Diet Mountain Dews a day. It's my only vice and I ain't givin' it up. You think you're on a caffeine high with Diet Coke? Compared to Diet Mountain Dew that's like drinking bottled water or tap water (both of which i despise).

    September 29, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • That's

      tellin' em, by God!

      September 29, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • bill mahr the idiot

      so you are consuming around 200lbs of sugar per year. diabetic yet?

      September 29, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
      • John

        Read the post again, Bill. I said DIET Mountain Dew: Zero sugar, Zero carbs, Zero calories. I believe that comes out to 0 pounds of sugar per year.

        And yes, I am diabetic. Have been for 41 years. Which is why I drink DIET drinks, not sugary real ones.

        September 29, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
      • toof987

        Bill got owned.

        October 26, 2011 at 2:24 am |
  26. Saved from diet coke

    Soda and especially diet soda has aspartame, an addictive neurotoxin that first damages the nervous system and then goes on to damage all of the body systems.

    September 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  27. Mileena

    Ok so all of you saying you CAN'T be addicted to Coke or Pepsi, you are wrong!!! I don't drink either one of them just because I don't really like it. But my dad was an addict but stopped drinking it a little more than 10 years ago. He would drink about 12 to 13 one Litre of Pepsi a day and sometimes more! He literally always had one in hand and one on his night table when he was sleeping. It's just the one day when his doctor advised him that if he didn't stop or reduce his amount of Pepsi he would die of either heart attack, diabetes or wtv. My dad got scared as hell and just stopped it cold turkey! He never had a sip ever since but he craves it every day even after 10 years. So if you don't call that an addiction than I don't know what you're talking about! And you don't need to seel your body or stuff wtv to be addicted to something... Pepsi & coke are ALOT cheaper than drugs btw!! lol

    September 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • Mileena


      September 29, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • I tried

      to donate my body to Medical Science, but they wouldn't take it, so I gave it to English Literature.

      September 29, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  28. hnm3246

    Sadly, I'm a regular Coke addict (Diet Coke tastes too diet for me). I once had a 5-6 can/day addiction that I kicked cold turkey. Then after about 7 months I had a BAD day and chugged a can as if it were the oxygen I needed in order to breathe. Now I have to limit myself to 2 cans a day. I don't know if I'll ever get that delicious bright red shiny monkey off of my back.

    September 29, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  29. getreal

    you people are such weak minded creeps. addicted to cola and whining about it? get a clue, you dont have an addiction, it's called a bad habit, if you want an addiction that you can moan about to total strangers then start drinking, smoking or shooting ron

    September 29, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • it's the real thing

      Have a coke and a smile ...

      September 29, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
      • Open Happiness

        I'd like to buy the world a Coke, and keep it company.

        September 29, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • Yeah..., God, you weak-sister pantywaists!

      Go out and get yourselves a real MAN'S addiction, and THEN come back and moan to me!

      September 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
      • it's the real thing

        Like p0rn?

        September 29, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
      • Yeah...

        ...come back and moan...

        Eh, never mind.

        September 29, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • Pssssst

      Hey man, ...DON'T LOOK, don't look, moron!... can I cop some ron?

      September 29, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  30. idk

    I haven't seen anyone mention specifically MCDONALDS DIET COKE!! It's the best. I don't even care about other diet coke. What's lurking in McDonalds diet coke?! Special sauce?

    September 29, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • Diet Coke Lover@idk

      It's the saccharin. It's in alot of fountain-dispensed Diet Coke. McD's, 7-11, various restaurants.

      September 29, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • Jhunstiger

      You are absolutely right! It is the BEST. I don't know why either. I thought it was just me....

      September 29, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  31. Wernher von Braun

    Most people don't realize it, but the F-1 engines in the Saturn V rocket were powered by Diet Coke and Mentos.

    September 29, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
  32. rose helen myers

    it's the caramel coloring in any soda that is one of the causes of bladder cancer.

    September 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
    • Do...

      ...caramel covered apples at Halloween cause bladder cancer?

      September 29, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
  33. Sara

    My mother loves diet coke. My husband favors it. I, personally, am "one of those people" who cannot abide by the taste of diet soda. Diet Dr. Pepper does NOT taste just like regular Dr. Pepper.

    September 29, 2011 at 11:54 am |
    • Kris


      September 29, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
      • la


        September 29, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  34. I'm addicted... air. Seriously, I can't go for more than three or four MINUTES without a fix.

    September 29, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  35. JoshH

    This article is a slap in the face of anyone who has had a real addiction. When you're selling your body for Diet Coke, come back and write an article. When you're stealing from your family to pay for DC, then call it an addiction.

    September 29, 2011 at 11:02 am |
    • Jeff FoxWorthy

      If you'd steal your mother's insulin to sell for a fix... may be an addict.

      September 29, 2011 at 11:36 am |
    • Deanna

      If the only thing an addict has to worry about is the company they're keeping under the umbrella term "addiction" then they're probably not focusing on their recover enough. I'm sorry you're suffering either as an addict or as a victim of an addicted persons behavior, but that doesn't give you the right to be rude to someone who is addressing, in a mildly humorous way, one of the leading causal agents of obesity, diabetes, and other medical problems. Before I started limiting myself to a couple of 20oz bottles a day I was drinking more than two 2 liters. It damages teeth, can reduce calcium, and a host of other stupid things.

      PS: or you could just chill out and let us all deal with our crap the best way we can while you deal with your crap.

      September 29, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
      • JoshH

        I just didn't think this article was funny at all, not even in a mildly humorous way. I found it trite bordering on idiocy. It's typical "waaaaa meee!" behavior put into words.

        I understand you too were "addicted" to soda, so you're biased. However, I've yet to see anyone in rehab for Diet Coke. When you see one, tell me. The article also mentions her boyfriend and later her husband, so she was able to have healthy relationships with "non addicts" while she was "addicted". Yeah that sounds about right for an addiction. This Diet Coke addiction is more of this generations ridiculous attention seeking behavior.

        September 29, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
      • And, JoshH

        Your agitation over this borders on ideological correctness run amok.

        Here, we talk of being addicted to football; and, indeed, football as a religion, without even the fundamentalists taking offense.

        More to the point, Diet Coke is legal and hardly consciousness-distorting, so the anology is indeed lightly humorous.

        Certain businesses are referred to as "cash cows". Should dairymen be upset?

        September 29, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • And, JoshH

      Don't forget what was in the original formula, or what the name Coke derives from.

      September 29, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  36. Ann

    So sick of hearing every bad habit called an "addiction."

    September 29, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • JoshH

      thank you for saying that. I'm over it too.

      September 29, 2011 at 11:05 am |
    • Kris

      I think the term "addiction" is being used in a more sarcastic manner here. It's not like this woman is going through some sort of 12 step program to get away from it.

      September 29, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
  37. InGermany

    After moving to Germany due to the military, there's nothing quite like Cola Light – the European version of Diet Coke. OMG, soooo much better than the American Diet Coke crap. They can't use the same chemical sugars over here, so the diet sodas are actually better for you than the US/Canada sodas.

    September 29, 2011 at 10:21 am |
    • jim

      Coca-cola Lite is the worst! It has a very bitter after taste. I swear, I think they use sweet-n-low as a sweetener. Do they even sell Sweet-n-low still in the US??? Who would use that for anything now that they have nutrasweet and spenda!

      September 29, 2011 at 12:54 pm |

    Can you guys just drink water.

    September 29, 2011 at 10:16 am |
    • Captain Obvious


      September 29, 2011 at 10:18 am |
  39. SoSueMe

    Congratulations! You're lucky you quit so easily. It took me three years of consistently trying to defeat my Diet Pepsi addiction. Haven't had any in ten years and my heath improved drastically. I am absolutely certain that that poison is addictive. I experienced severe withdrawal symptoms every time I tried to quit. Glad I kept trying.

    September 29, 2011 at 10:14 am |
  40. Pineapple88

    Congrats to all the people that have kicked their soda habit – whether it's regular or diet! Regular has too much sugar and diet is a CAN FULL OF CHEMICALS. Diet soda – no calories, no sugar, no natural flavors – ewww.
    I used to be a mild addict – maybe a can or two of Diet Coke a day, but I have known people who drank 12 cans a day or more, a couple of 2 liter bottles, etc.
    You have to stop and think about what you're doing to yourself and your wallet! If you need caffeine you can get it from a natural source – coffee or tea. Iced tea with lemon, sugar or not, is so delicious and cheap and easy to make.
    My AHA moment was in the supermarket when I realized how much $$$ I was spending on soda – really, really stupid!
    Now my family drinks water, milk, iced tea, fruit juice, lemonade and seltzer water. It's so much cheaper and so much healthier.
    All those chemicals that make up a can of soda cannot be good for you no matter what the experts say!

    September 29, 2011 at 10:00 am |
    • The whole world's made of chemicals

      Every material substance in nature, -every one-, is a chemical. (Purists might exclude the elements).

      Sucrose is a chemical.

      Water is a chemical.

      The alloy aluminum the can is made of is a chemical.

      Apples are made of thousands of chemicals.

      September 29, 2011 at 11:44 am |
      • Solid Supporter@The whole world's made of chemicals

        D@mn straight, Skippy! Take that naysayers!

        September 29, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
      • The whole world's made of chemicals


        Damn straight!

        All power to the people!, and do what with it?

        (But that would be illegal, my name's not Skippy)

        September 29, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
      • Solid Supporter@The whole world's made of chemicals

        No offense intended. Just caught up in the moment of reading rational post for a change.

        September 29, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
      • The whole world's made of chemicals

        Got it.


        September 29, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  41. jamesnyc

    NEWS FLASH: ALL THOSE BUBBLES ARE WHAT CAN GIVE YOU KIDNEYS STONES AND INFECTIONS. Diet Coke also has the sweetness factor and you might still gain weight from it but it's the bubbles of carbonation you have to be concerned about.

    September 29, 2011 at 9:29 am |
    • Colleen

      Actually, it's the caramel coloring that gets deposited in your kidneys as sediment that causes stones – I've had them myself. Any dark colored drink like teas and sodas can do this. The bubbles don't cause stones. I think they're bad for you for entirely different reasons, but they don't leave deposits in your kidneys to form stones.

      September 29, 2011 at 9:37 am |
    • RickInTexas

      Yup, I was gonna say – I had already cut WAY back on my soda consumption since leaving college, but the first time I ended up in the hospital with a kidney stone I essentially completely cut sodas entirely. I might have part of one from time to time, but they usually taste way to sweet/syrup-y to finish. Not worth that kinda of pain.

      September 29, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  42. Dawnarie

    Is it a pop, soda, soft drink, or fizzy water?/

    September 29, 2011 at 9:20 am |
    • Two Ton Baker (The Music Maker)

      Whatever you call it, it's garbage.

      September 29, 2011 at 9:55 am |
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