Soda is a popular drink in restaurants, theaters, and more. Many people enjoy the bubbly consistency and sweet flavor of soda. Unfortunately, it contains many potentially habit-forming substances, namely sugar and caffeine.
If you consistently consume large quantities of soda, suddenly stopping can cause withdrawal symptoms like headache and fatigue.
Plus, consistent consumption of soft drinks can cause health issues. Soda is filled with sugar and calories. Those calories are empty, meaning they provide no nutritional value. Overconsumption of sugar can quickly lead to issues like unwanted weight gain and type 2 diabetes.
Keep reading to understand soda dependency and addiction.
What Is a Soda Addiction?
Addictions can be formed to a variety of substances and activities: drinking alcohol, gambling, sex, and video games, just to name a few. You may know someone (or are someone) who can’t get by without a cup of coffee in the morning. This would be a caffeine addiction.
Some people may be addicted to the taste or feeling of drinking soda, while others have a physical dependence on caffeine or sugar.
Though soda addiction doesn’t have a specific definition, an addiction to soda will be like any other. If you’re addicted, it will be hard or impossible to stop without outside help. You may set goals to decrease usage that you consistently fail to meet.
You might attempt to hide your habit from family and friends, spend more money than normal on soda, or rationalize your decision to continue drinking it, even after you have been approached by a loved one or doctor about the issue.
Symptoms of Soda Addiction
Soda dependency can vary from mild to severe. Depending on your dependency, you may experience different symptoms.
Some common signs that you have an addiction to soda are:
- Strong unignorable cravings
- Symptoms of caffeine withdrawal (headache, fatigue, irritability, etc.)
- A mental preoccupation with drinking soda, like you can’t think of anything else
- An inability to moderate or cut back on drinking it
If you relate to any of the signs and symptoms above, you may have a dependency on soda. Unfortunately, the overconsumption of soda is directly related to weight gain, diabetes, and other diseases.
Luckily, there are many great soda alternatives. Seltzer water often comes in several delicious flavors and has no calories. Many soda brands also make zero-calorie, zero-caffeine versions of their beloved soft drinks. Switching to an alternative healthier beverage is a great place to start.
If you want to end your addiction for good and take control of your health, the best way to do so is to consult a doctor or dietician. They can create a treatment plan and find support for your journey.