This Site Is Dedicated to Breaking the Diet Drink Addiction!!

My name is Mike and I have created this site to help the thousands of people who are addicted to diet drinks like I was kick the habit. I want to share how I broke a 7 cans a day, for nearly 10 years Diet Coke habit, in just 5 Days with no withdrawal symptoms at all. This was an exciting time in my life and I wanted to share my experience with those who struggle as I did to quit this tough addiction.

Thanks,
Mike W.

168 comments

  1. Jacqueline says:

    Hi, I’ve been drinking diet coke for over 20 years now. I feel I can’t go through a day without it. I’ve had numerous people tell me, oh you must stop drinking those, they are poison, they make you fat, blah blah blah. You name it, I’ve been told on how bad these diet sodas are. I enjoy them so much because it keeps my energy going for hours since I work 2 jobs. I’ve noticed my joints all over me are achy, my mind is like in a fog all the time, just about all the other symptoms everyone on here has. I just quit today and I know what’s about to come since I tried to quit diet coke a long time ago.

  2. Michael says:

    I have been drinking diet sodas (2-3.5 litres a day) for about 17 years. My symptoms include aching joints, irritability, always feel tired, memory loss/forgetfulness amongst others. I have tried kicking the habit but it never last more than a few days. This time i have cut down to 1.2 litres a day, it has only been 3 days but early signs are promising. Will keep you posted………..

  3. Sandra says:

    Hello I’m a 53 year old woman who is addicted to Diet Coke I also suffer from rheumatoid arthritis which now looking back I think Diet Coke has played a big part in my condition I have just recently stopped drinking DC and feel dreadful I have terrible headaches and my knees and shoulder and kneck pain have been unbearable I was convinced I’m having a flare up of my illness but now think is the addiction to DC playing a big part in my life I’ve been of the DC for a couple of days but still have a lot of pain I was wondering if someone could give me any feedback as to should carry on on my own or seek some medical advice .

  4. Josh says:

    Josh Here, I drink around 24 cans in around 3 days and have done for the last 6 years. What can i do? I hate tea and coffee and wont touch normal coke. I have started getting really bad headaches recently and I lose concentration very easily now! Is there something else i can drink that hasn’t got aspartame in it, no sugar, tea or coffee that isn’t water or am i just rubbing on an empty lamp. I seem to be miserable if i haven’t had a coke in the morning. Please help !?

  5. carrie says:

    I quit drinking diet coke six days ago. I kept hearing how it contributes to expanding waistline which I have. I have had a headache since and have another symptom I haven’t seen mentioned. I usually wake at 7 am but since I quit I am up between 5 and 6 am just filled with anxiety. I did not realize the effects of aspertene until I quit diet coke and had severe headaches so I thought I would look it up. I was shocked at all the info I found. I am glad I quit, it was cold turkey.

  6. Das says:

    I’ve been drinking Diet Coke for about 20 years now. I’m in the process of trying to quit again. At my peak, so far, I was drinking 8+ liters a day which lasted about 5 years. I have only come down from this peak within the past few months. This is the first time I have actually looked online to see what the internet had to say on this subject. Really, was not sure what to expect on the subject of soda related addictions. After so many failures in trying to quit, I figured it couldn’t hurt anything. I’m typing this, more for myself than anyone else, because I’ve never put anything about my problem in writing. Hopefully putting this into some form or another does something for me. I guess the next step will be some kind of professional help.
    Good luck to me, and to anyone else who is trying to quit.

  7. Nick T says:

    I have been drinking diet sodas (diet coke, coke zero, fanta zero, sprite zero) for about the last 8 years, between 2 and 4 litres a day. I have had terrible migraines and other muscle pains almost every day for this time, especially the last 5 years. This resulted in having a bad headache most of the time, building up to a migraine/ severe tension headache almost daily. I think the phosphorous in the diet soda strips your body of magnesium, and you get deficient in magnesium and get msucle pain as a result. Also, the aspartame is a headache causer too, and also irritates the nervous system. Today is day one of my quitting. I would often buy 2 two litre bottles for home, and drink both in one evening. I have replaced the diet soda with water, rooibos tea (red bush) and regular tea with no sweetener or sugar. Good luck to everyone beating this addicition! Try taking magnesium glycinate to help build up your magnesium again if you have been drinking large amounts of diet soda over a long period. Seems to be helping me.

  8. Ed H says:

    For 15 years or more from 1990 to 2005 would drink 12+ cans a day of Diet Coke, then another 2-liter at night from 5pm to 10pm. I don’t drink coffee so I thought I could drink the DC’s. I would waked up at 3am every night for an hour or more and toss and turn. My wife told me, duh, its the Diet Coke after 5pm. So I started only drinking DC’s from noon to 5pm. That helped a little, but still woke up often. I have tinnitus and the ringing was getting terrible, so loud nothing would drown it out. I read that it could be caused by diet drinks, so I stopped cold turkey and the ringing did go down about 50%. If you have tinnitus it is worth stopping. I went thru withdrawal for 3 days. If felt like I had the flu. But it felt so nice after the 3 days. I switched to non-caffeine Diet Coke for a long time and started drinking 12 cans a day again of caffeine free + the caffeine free liters at night. I felt anxious and bloated all the time. So I did the cold-turkey thing again in 2005. I switched to drinking only water or water with lemon or herbal tea. After about 6 months my cravings went down, and after a year the water started tasting really good. I still have the cravings when I see someone else with one, so I ask to have a sip and to me it now tastes terrible, like metal. It really tastes bad after you haven’t had it for a year or more. I have only had maybe 3 soda’s in the last 10 years and I am 99.5% caffeine free too. I feel so so so much better. I carry a Polar Water bottle and I drink tap water because I read that bottled water pretty much comes from tap water, and tap water is regulated and bottled water is not regulated as much. Water tastes so good and refreshing now.

  9. aprajita says:

    I started having diet coke 3 years ago and now I feel as if I am addicted to it. And frankly I dont like any addiction in my life so have decided to get rid of the addiction. Today is the third day of my not taking any diet coke, I am getting tempted but need to control my urge. I intend to not take any diet coke at all for the next one month. Thereafter may be I will start having one occassionally but never more than once a week. Hope I reach that stage when probably I will be again drinking it just for a change and not as an addiction.

  10. Angie says:

    I am 52 yrs old drinking diet coke for 30 yrs. I am totally addicted to this drink. I drink about a gallon of diet coke a day.

  11. Steve says:

    Hi I am an addict. I drink at least ten cans a day. I have had one can for the last three days and now none for two days.
    I have in the past quit a 4 year cocaine habit and 25 year smoking habit.
    Yes I used cold turkey on both, However Diet coke is harder fro me to quit than either smoking or cocaine was. Diet coke is my drug of choice.
    I feel Diet Coke should have warnings like cigarettes do .
    I also feel I should be able to sue them for selling minors a harmful product.
    I started my coke/diet coke at 12 years old I am 52 now.
    I have felt the chronic fatigue for 20 years and my teeth are falling apart,
    I also was diagnosed at 40 as a diabetic and am on insulin.
    Be warned Stop

  12. Josie H. says:

    I am also an aspertame addict .I have been hooked on diet pepsi for about 25 years ! I also quit for about a year ,but like the cigarette habit you can’t ever pick it up again or you are back on the merry go round . i HAVE A QUESTION FOR ALL OF YOU ; has anyone out there had severe leg and frequent leg {thigh ,calf, butt } cramps/spasms, have you noticed a decrease in flexibility , joint stiffness/pain ? I am asking because I am having these problems , it has gotten so bad that I have difficulty putting on my shoes and socks because I am unable to bend down far enough to reach my foot . I am also unable to bring my foot up high enough for me to reach it while sitting or other wise . I am also asking because this seemed to come on rather suddenly . So if anyone has had anything like this happen to them please post it in the comments on this page I will check back often to find responses. Thank you in advance ….josie H.

  13. Nigel Butters says:

    Its getting really bad, my diet soda addiction. I find my self filling up the bathtub with about 28 2 liter bottles and then lying in it with a straw and enjoying the rush. Its like skydiving for me.

  14. Asta says:

    Fellow addict right here. I have been drinking diet coke since I was maybe 14, so 14 years ago. Half of my life. I am constantly tired, cranky and have bad skin, some of which I attribute to diet coke. Also some stomach issues I again feel are down to it. I intend to quit tomorrow. It will be maybes fourth attempt. I also took many attempt to quit smoking and now on attempt 6 or 7 I’m over a year down the line. Lots more support for nicotine withdrawal than caffeine though! I would say I’m going to enjoy my last couple of cans but I don’t really enjoy them, I feel like I need them. It’s ridiculous. Is it really just the caffeine that makes us feel like this?!

  15. Carol M. says:

    I was a diet coke-a-holic for at least a few years. I knew it wasn’t good for me. It took a point of focus for me to quit, which I did. Cold turkey!!! The focus was the fact that I want to be here for my kids as adults and my future grand children. It was now or never! It was hard at first and I had a nagging headache for at least a week. Tylenol helped. It’s been over 3 months. I will NEVER go back to drinking ANY type of diet soda or eat food or candy containing artificial sugar. The thought of the smell of aspartame deep in my chest is haunting enough to keep me away from it now. Also remembering how AWEFUL I felt all the time when I did drink it. I feel so much better by the way. My memory is better, my joints don’t hurt as much, I’m eating healthier… JUST DO IT!!! You will be glad you did!!!

  16. Morgan says:

    I am a 13-year-old girl and have a 3 year addiction to Diet Pepsi. I drink 4 a day, all after school. On holidays, I have 6. My mom only allows me to have 1 because of the risk for heart disease, but I sneak some past her. Soda is to me what cigarettes are to smokers, unstoppable. I get pounding headaches before bed, and stomachaches in the morning. I am scared to admit this addiction with someone I know well because I am strong for a female my age. I will try replacing it with water and see the outcome.

  17. Chuck says:

    I am a diet soda addict and I know it. I can drink about a 12 pack of diet coke per day, Some days more. I sometimes lose count. I panic if I am down to just one case and I rush out to get more even if its at midnight or 3 am! I ache in my legs all the time and I know I am killing myself slowly but I can’t stop I have tried for years to stop, its more addictive than smoking was!! Then I tell myself that it’s ok that it’s not harming me and that I am ok. I just recently had a health scare, My iron levels are severely low and I am needing to get more iron and my vitamin D is very low too, so I have had to start adding vitamins to my daily routine and I wondered if Diet Soda was the culprit , but I don’t think it was. I have almost given up on quitting my diet soda habit after all I don’t do any other unhealthy things! I don’t smoke anymore, I am losing weight and eating a lot better. People told me how “concerned” they are about me and my drinking so much diet soda, I have told them more than once to not worry about me I am fine. I defend diet soda to everyone who speaks against it. I have actually lost friends over them constantly telling me how bad it was for me and I just cut them out of my life! Do any of you guys feel this way? or am I just a hopeless addict??

  18. Karenanne says:

    Oh My God in Heaven! I am not alone. I see myself in all of the comments. I quit drinking beer back in 92, and replaced it with diet Pepsi and diet coke. Lots of it. 4-8 cans daily at least. 2 cans in the am with coffee. I was in a serious car accident 5 yrs ago and had my family bring in for me. ( besides the pop I could get there). I even hide my empty cans, just like my beer cans..I hate it, but never even really tried that hard to quit. I’ve got a serious addictive personality. I wish everyone could read these blogs so they would understand the disease of addiction…I look and feel awful. I used to get lots of compliments on how good I looked. These last 5 yrs aged me a lot! I’m 58.one step at a time. One day at a time. One can at a time….I’ve given up a lot worse!

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