Diet Coke is more addictive than wine!

27 Jul

3:40 pm

I held out as long as I could, but after two whole days without Diet Coke–and almost both days of being as sugar-free as possible–I just cracked open a can. I’m already feeling a bit better after a few sips, and *finally* starting my day: typing this, then going for a run, then working on other stuff (I took yesterday off, so today is a “work day”). I mean, there was no way I could ingest the large amounts of science news and information I need to the way I was feeling.

Over the past few hours, my symptoms peaked: foggy-brained and really lethargic, with this sensation that I’m at the bottom of a hill on my bike. I also feel dizzy and a bit nervous, but I think that’s psychosomatic (i.e., what’s going to happen next?). Ugh. Way worse than the supposed alcohol withdrawal symptoms I had, which mainly consisted of mental urges to drink accompanied by benign symptoms like insomnia and a low-grade “flu.” Maybe it’s something else, this seemingly-recurring dizziness, and unrelated to whether or not I drink DC. I’m not sure, but I do feel better, even just marginally. Which is all I needed, I guess.

This, my friends, sucks. Sugar addiction is serious and should NOT be taken lightly. This whole eat-a-cookie-when-you-want-to-drink mentality? NOT! I hate to say it, but addiction treatment and recovery REALLY, TRULY needs to become more evidence-based (as in, evidence-based medicine). No more wives’ tales, please.

3 Responses to “Diet Coke is more addictive than wine!”

  1. Former Escape Artist July 27, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

    Ahhhh! I am addicted to Diet Coke – for real though. I went two days without one and had the worst headaches ever. I drink at least a liter a day….definitely not good for my teeth or weight.

  2. carrythemessage July 27, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    My next favourite topic after alcoholism – sugar addiction! I get what you are saying, my friend. I’ve written about my adventures with sugar too…and I am back and forth on it. Right now, I am sugar free again. I think day 6? I haven’t been counting really. But it’s true that it’s serious, and most people don’t really realize that they are addicted. For me, it’s not so much the physical thing – which I get. Sugar does have an addictive quality to it. I don’t think many people can dispute it. The human tongue and brain and all the bitty bits in between get a high when something sweet is introduced to the body. I watched a study where the same part of the brain gets stimulated with sugar that heroin or cocaine does. Scary! But I don’t think a sweet or two now and then or even one or two a day is horrible. But for a guy like me, it’s more than that. It gets out of hand!

    But for the diet coke – that’s a tough one, as like drinking, I think many people associate it or any pop with many things – with meals, after working out or while working out, as a mid-day pick me up, etc. It sits in the fridge in Costco sized containers, etc. And that feeling of missing out on it after a few days…that strong stuff!

    Anyway, not meaning to get on a mini-soapbox there, but I get this…and it does suck. I hope that I can get through this one too…and hope nothing else starts to be a problem.


    • Drunky Drunk Girl July 31, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

      I know about sugar addiction, too–from my readings it seems that it can get as bad as heroin for some peeps, in terms of withdrawal.

      For me, I used Diet Coke as a crutch, especially in social settings. Now, I’m deciding to simply move on. There are WAY healthier, actually much sweeter, substitute bevvies, like tart teas (my new fave is sorrel and ginger). I LIKE having the ability to eat a piece of fruit and feel like I got my sugar fix–it does wonders for my state of mind.

      I have never had much of a sweet tooth, and when I was a vegetarian (which also somewhat coincided with my becoming a wino–go figure), I lost it entirely. I mean, I literally went for YEARS without a sweet…but, I was always drinking wine! LOL. The point is, it’s possible to simply rely on your body to correct itself with some dietary modifications (i.e., you don’t have to quit sugar entirely) and like you said, a push here and there (eat something else, like fruit or sorbet) to “reset” your associating sugar with “fix” or with “good sweet.”



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