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Reasons why replacing alcohol with fizzy drinks is a no-no.

> If they’re not filled with sugar, they’re filled with aspartame.

>They usually have lots of caffeine in them.

>Carbonation is bad for your tummy.

ASPARTAME

This artificial sweetener has caused all sorts of controversy over the years with big ??? over its links with cancer, headaches, metabolism. However, the jury (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) in America claim it to be safe and the UK Food Agency allow it on the condition that products that use it, list all ingredients on the packaging.

Nevertheless, if you read anything by someone who cares about health (or humans), aspartame is a NO NO including links with cancer, depression, accelerated cell aging and liver changes. In fact, if you follow the link (NO NO) above you will see more details (with references) on all of these links including a study on aspartame and liver function in liver function of adult male rats. It did not end well: damages liver cells and skews antioxidant activity. Oh dear!

But let’s face it – even if aspartame had not been discovered, you know fizzy drinks are bad for you!

CAFFEINE

Not in all fizzy drinks but a lot of them (as well as energy drinks). At Energy Fiend, they’ve created a very helpful caffeine database . Too much caffeine (500 – 600 mg) can cause muscle tremors, headaches, stomach upset and irritability. It’s highly acidic too (makes you fat).

CARBONATION

If you’ve got a bad tummy or suffer from IBS like me (ouch), this makes fizzy drinks even worse! Humans were not designed to drink bubbles, hence the massive burps and farts that will come from it. Also, it erodes your teeth. Boo to sparkly fizz.

And don’t think you can turn to squash as a substitute, instead. These types of drinks are just as bad – sugar or aspartame….you can’t win.

But does it HAVE to be all about water?

Some reasons why I want to quit drinking?

  • Alcohol is linked to cancer – my mum and aunt died of breast cancer; my grandma survived breast cancer; and my Grandpa died of brain cancer.
  • I’m grossly overweight by three or four stone and never have enough energy (week by week) to go anything about it.
  • When I’m hungover I crave junk food and eat more than usual.
  • I can make lose hours of memory, waking up filled with pangs of guilt and shame but not knowing why.
  • Alcohol causes mood swings, alters behaviour and weakens inhibitions – this has caused many dramas in my life and affected my relationships with family and friends.
  • Booze is a powerful substance and like anything with such force, should be respected. I don’t think many people in my culture really get that about alcohol.
  • Now that I’m in my early thirties, I want to start a family and have a successful career as a writer and eventually a primary school teacher. These things will never occur while I keep letting my drinking hold me back and leave me as a lethargic, lazy mess.

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