I am not a coffee drinker. I used to love it, but it didn't love me back and I had to stop drinking it. So, when most people are starting off their day with a cup of coffee, I am starting mine with a diet soda. Coke, Pepsi, store-brand, it doesn't really matter to me. Once I have about 12 ounces of it in my system I think clearer and I'm more awake.

Would I consider myself to be an addict? Not necessarily. I generally don't drink soda on the weekends, but sometimes, come Sunday afternoon, I have to get to the gas station and get some, or the people around me will suffer.

Government surveys have found that people who drink diet beverages average more than 26 ounces per day (some drink far more) and that 3 percent of diet-soda drinkers have at least four daily. I am usually over that number.

What am I addicted to, though? Is it the caffeine? Is it the soda itself? I'm not really sure. This article from the Huffington Post says that there are several parts of it that you can be addicted to.

Am I going to be swearing off diet soda for good now? Probably not. But, it's definitely something to think about.


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