Addicted to novelty since 2001

Update on the Coke Addiction

On January 31, I declared that I was going off of Coca-Cola for the entire month of February. So far, so good. I’m four days in and I haven’t murdered anybody yet. I had some nasty caffeine-deprivation headaches the first couple of days, but it’s been smooth sailing since then. Plus, I think I’ve slept better.

The toughest moment was at the cinema yesterday. I go to a lot of movies by myself, and ordering a medium Coke with lots of ice is part of that ritual. I got an iced tea instead, which is borderline cheating, but probably better for me than Coke.

8 Responses to “Update on the Coke Addiction”

  1. Jen

    It depends on what you consider “better.” Ice Tea, Cola, Sports Drinks, Juice will all have about the same amount of calories/sugar in them. Coke will definitely have the most caffeine though.

  2. Scott

    I smoked cigarettes for over 20 years (from the time I was 11 years old) and just recently quit (tomorrow makes three weeks). I tried unsuccessfully to quit many times in the past, but this time it finally sunk in that I’m not really giving anything up and in fact, I’m gaining more freedom because of it. When you’re able to stop thinking of it as though you’re giving up something wonderful and see it for what it is (a burden), it becomes much easier. Plus, little bonuses like sleeping better or being able to breath make you more determined then ever. Keep up the good work!

  3. Darren

    Andrea: Thanks for the stats. I found this page which corrobates your research. It indicates that Coke has roughly 30% more caffeine than the kind of Nestea I was drinking.

    Jen: My brief search couldn’t turn up a sugar comparison.

    Scott: Good luck to you, too.

  4. blaine

    I gave up Coke about 6 or 7 years ago, coming off a 2-3 [cans] a day habit. I’ve had less than a dozen cans of Coca-Cola since, though I do indulge in the occasional Jones / Blue Sky / etc.

    The trick for me was realizing that the habit stemmed from a desire to drink coke, not a need. From then on, walking up to a vending machine meant taking a moment to pause and question whether or not I needed the coke. Can’t say I ever have.

    Good luck!

  5. Ruth

    I stop to drink Coke because of a promisse last January 8. I am really addict to Coke…and I was looking for information o the web to find help…because I am also looking for drink ice tea…instead Coke. However I can tell that I am more agressive and depress and I think is because my body is missing Coke…someone has experienced something similar or perheaps someone has any sugestion?

  6. Georgie

    I used to drink between 6 and 10 cans of coke a day (or the bottled equivalent) and have cut down to 1 or 2 a day which I think is pretty good. I’ve been trying for ages but what worked was just buying big ice-cold 2ltr bottles of water and just having it beside me on the laptop or wathching TV or whatever….

    But I still get a big enough cup of Coke and popcorn when I go to the cinema, it’s a ritual!

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