Man Says He Spent $8,500 a Year on Pepsi Addiction

A supermarket worker who spent $8,500 a year on guzzling 30 cans of Pepsi a day for two decades said he has been cured - after he was hypnotized.

Andy Currie, 41, downed a liter of the fizzy drink every morning and drank a further nine liters a day.

The Briton has sipped an estimated 219,000 cans of Pepsi – nearly 18,000 pounds of sugar or the equivalent of 7 million sugar cubes – since he first started drinking it in his 20s.

Andy Currie drank a lot of Pepsi
Andy Currie, 41, downed a liter of Pepsi every morning and drank a further nine liters a day. Matthew Lofthouse/Zenger

Currie, from Bangor, a city in northern Wales, said: "I've always loved the taste of a cold Pepsi. Nothing could beat it and I just got hooked.

"I work nights, so always liked the sugar rush to keep me going. I'd go through four or five two-liter bottles of Pepsi every day.

"Because I work at Tesco I could just buy it straight after work and take it home."

Currie, who is married to wife Sarah, 39, said he spent $25 a day on Pepsi, amounting to around $8,500 per year.

He added: "It cost me a fortune, to be honest. I could have bought a car every year for the same amount I was spending on Pepsi.

"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.

"I remember going to weddings and birthdays, and while other people had glasses of champagne, I'd be toasting people with a can of fizzy pop."

Currie decided to take drastic action after he ballooned to 266 pounds and his doctors warned him he was at risk of becoming diabetic.

Through exercise and diet he managed to lose 28 pounds, but he couldn't stop drinking Pepsi.

He contacted London-based therapist and hypnotist David Kilmurry, who identified Currie as having Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID).

Amazingly, after just one online hypnotherapy session, Currie was cured and drank water for the first time in two decades.

In just four weeks, he has dropped a further 14 pounds and is remarkably more healthy.

Currie said: "David met me online and hypnotized me for about 40 minutes.

"I don't know what he said but afterwards I just didn't want to drink it anymore.

"I've still got two cans of Pepsi in my fridge which I was going to have before the session but didn't have time.

"I haven't touched them in a month and don't plan to. I prefer water now. My wife Sarah says my skin looks better and I've got so much more energy.

"I like walking now, and me and Sarah are planning to climb Mount Snowdon in the summer."

Kilmurry said: "I was horrified at Andy's disclosure of drinking 10 liters of Pepsi a day.

"That was by far the worst sugar addiction I've ever heard of.

"Resigned to addiction, Andy was overweight, anxious and struggled to get his words out because he was so breathless.

"This kind of addiction is very dangerous and puts huge pressure on your vital organs.

"Andy was pre-diabetic and needed to change quickly before heart disease and potential pancreatic cancer took him.

"It became a poison and a crutch to him. Since working with him I am delighted to see him drinking water and healthy drinks."

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.