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Mar 17, 2010 09:33 AM

How to cure a Diet Coke addict?

I’ve never met a casual (occasional) Diet Coke drinker; they’re all die-hard addicts. How do I know? They show up at the office in the morning with their giant quick-mart cup, have bulk stashes under their office desk, and/or it’s the first thing they reach for in the morning when they get out of bed. In the morning, my Diet Coke Addict goes straight from bed to fridge and “pop” goes the Diet Coke can - the first of at least six for the day (who can keep count?). What is in that stuff and why are they so hooked? How do you even wean one off it?

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  1. Hi, I'm roro and I am a casual diet coke drinker, so now you know one. lol
    I too know the type of people you talk about and while I wouldn't say I was one (if it was in the house I would have had 2 a day), I know people like you mention. I had a friend who I stayed with during my exodus from new Orleans after Katrina and he would literally drink a 2 liter, hot every night, maybe more. And that did not include what he drank during the day at work. Some people don't like coffee so coke, whether it be diet or not provides them with a bit of caffeine. People get hooked on it the same as they get hooked on anything else, they feel like they can't function without it. For me, I have never had an addictive personality, so quitting soft drinks was easy, first I quit regular stuff, then I switched to diet. After a while I said enough of that and I just quit, no problems. I admit that I will get one every now and then just because. As I get older and try to take better care of myself I find I read more labels and the whole aspartame thing scares me.

    1. I work with people who have the gallons of pop habit, but it's not only Diet Coke. One gal picks up a giant cup on the way to work, then another one at lunch, and sips progressively diluted Pepsi all day long. Yech! I would never be able to sleep at night. I think it's just a coincidence that the people you work with happen to drink the same thing.

      1. To paraphase the TV ad, I don't always drink soda, but when I do, I prefer diet Coke. So now you know one who is not addicted.

        Now if you are talking about coworkers showing up with their morning whatever chino, then you are talking addiction.

        1. slowly mnove from DC to "fizzy water"--seltzer orr club soda. It satisfies that craving for carbonation and has no bad ngredients (the list should be just water no added sodium, etc.

          I love fizzy water so much so that, due to my 2 liter per day habit, I got a "Soda Stream" soda maker. ( I have no relationship withthe organization other than as a very happy customer.

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          1. re: SeaSide Tomato

            I'm addicted to "fizzy water" seltzer & club soda. I started drinking it because I didn't want all the sugar in soda, just the carbonation so now I buy it by the caseload. I'm going to check out the soda maker you talk about...

            1. re: SeaSide Tomato

              Thanks Seaside Tomato, this sounds like a great idea. I wouldn't have thought of it. Seltzer plus a splash of fruit juice used to be my favorite summer refreshment. There are plenty of other sources for caffeine and/or beverage - teas, coffees, juice, even, why hang on to just DC, which is, as others had pointed out, is just chemicals?

              1. re: redbeanbun

                None of this has never worked for me. I just drink tons of water/seltzer/tea IN ADDITION to diet coke. After 20-plus years (since it came out when I was 12) of a rough average of 6 a day, I'm convinced that it's the sweetener that's addictive (enhanced by the caffeine, of course). I mean, I bet you can't get rats off Nutrasweet. And just to wax conspiracy-theoretical:


                Not to distress you.

                1. re: tatamagouche

                  since i'm fighting an addiction to the caffeine-free diet coke, i can tell you that something in there, other than the caffeine, is also addictive

              2. re: SeaSide Tomato

                thank you SO much SeaSide, I am ordering this now. I also have an addiction to fizzy water and it was becoming an expensive habit! :)

                1. re: eviemichael

                  You are most welcome--you will love it!

                2. re: SeaSide Tomato

                  That is how I kicked the habit. Not the brand - although I think it sounds interesting - but with seltzer. I would mix it with cranraspberry juice. Now I only have a coke or diet coke on a rare occasion - usually with rum or when I need a sugar fix because I am feeling strange and hungry. Now when I taste diet coke it tastes metallic and strange. I drink tap water now. And coffee.

                  It can be done. I never counted how many I drank, but I was one of those who never walked around anywhere without one in my hand and always had a cold one at the ready at my desk.


                  Also - we should address the caffiene. Sometimes that is the worst part of quitting DC. Caffiene withdrawl. I forgot about that. HEADACHES. Maybe it is best to wean. Drink the seltzer until you detect a headache coming on and then have a little coffee or limit yourself to a half cup of soda.

                  1. re: Sal Vanilla

                    ice tea is also a good caffine replacement. not as much as the coke, but it takes the edge off, take it from a recovering coke drinker (not diet, the hard stuff.)

                3. "How do you even wean one off it?"

                  I have no idea other than to just plain stop. I know several people, very much like you're describing, who actually have coke/diet coke dispensers built in to their kitchen.
                  One of these women takes medication for osteoporiasis and still won't stop.
                  Phosphoric acid is one of the main components in cola and it's been linked to bone demineralization causing bone loss and osteoporiasis. it's the same with people with emphasema who continue to smoke. Who knows? Laziness?

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                  1. re: latindancer

                    My sister has emphysema and still smokes. Nothing I can say or do.

                    1. re: latindancer

                      Well, not exactly the same. You know death versus brittle bones. And there is nothing saying drinking diet coke will kill you. Pretty sure they are saying that about ciggies.

                      I do not think it is laziness. Well, not just laziness. Laziness may be a small, initial factor. Maybe it is will or impetus.

                      1. re: Sal Vanilla

                        Yes, it pretty much is the same. It's denial in a big way. A coworker is black, diabetic, in congestive heart failure, adopted a young son, and still smokes. She also has a gambling addiction. She thinks that because her mom is in her 80s, with diabetes, and smokes, that she has that kind of time left, too. Her mom hasn't been hospitalized six times in the last two years.
                        So it's going to play out that brittle bones vs tobacco- which one will take out more people, AND cause more money to be spent on what should be "your fault" insurance? I think it's coming.