Aerated beverages are definitely one of the most popular drinks across the world. We all are guilty of sipping on colas from time to time - be it at a get-together or simply while watching a movie or our favourite show. A big sip of our favourite beverage is enough to send chills down our spine. Ever wondered why you keep craving the drink? The high caffeine content present in these drinks gets us hooked like nothing else. However, have you ever craved it so badly that you felt like you needed it for your survival? Like water, perhaps. Well, recently, we came across a bizarre such story that hasn’t just left us shocked but is going viral online. A UK man, named Andy Currie, spent around $8500 a year on guzzling 30 cans of Pepsi a day for 20 years. Yes, you read that right. And he has now claimed that he has been cured - after turning to hypnotherapy. 

According to a report in Newsweek, 41-year-old Andy downed a litre of the aerated drink every morning and drank a further nine litres a day. He sipped an estimated 219,000 cans of Pepsi, which is about 8,000 kg of sugar - since he first started drinking it. Andy said, “I’ve always loved the taste of a cold Pepsi. Nothing could beat it and I just got hooked. I work nights, so I always liked the sugar rush to keep me going. I’d go through four or five two-litre bottles of Pepsi every day.”  

Andy works at a supermarket named Tesco, and so he said it was easier for him to buy it straight. “Because I work at Tesco, I could just buy it straight after work and take it home,” he said. He also revealed that he could have purchased a car every year for the same amount he was spending on fizzy drinks. "I just needed to have it; as soon as I woke up, I'd go to the fridge and pour myself a large glass of Pepsi and just carry on through the day," he added. 

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The repercussions of his habit were realised when the 41-year-old's weight soared to 266 pounds and his doctors warned him about the risk of developing diabetes. This is when he decided to drastically change his lifestyle. While he did manage to lose 28 pounds, he still couldn't stop drinking Pepsi. This is when Andy contacted a London-based therapist and hypnotist, David Kilmurry, who identified him as having Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), an eating disorder as per Newsweek. 

Surprisingly, it took just one online hypnotherapy session for Andy to be cured, after which he drank water for the first time in two decades. Shocking, isn’t it? What do you think about this bizarre habit? Let us know.