Woman Drinks Two Gallons of Coca-Cola a Day, Dies

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A 30-year-old New Zealand "Coca-Cola addict" suffered a heart attack and died, due to insufficient potassium and (possibly) excessive levels of caffiene brought on by her 8- to 10-liter per day Coke habit.

According to her husband, the mother of two EIGHT supplemented her all-Coke diet with little besides nicotine and more delicious Coke:

Harris' partner, Chris Hodgkinson, testified that Harris drank between 8 and 10 liters (2.1 and 2.6 gallons) of regular Coke every day — that's more than 20 12-ounce drinks.

"The first thing she would do in the morning was to have a drink of Coke beside her bed and the last thing she would do at night was have a drink of Coke," Hodgkinson said in a deposition. "She was addicted to Coke."

Hodgkinson also said Harris ate little and smoked about 30 cigarettes a day. In the months before her death, he said, Harris experienced blood pressure problems and lacked energy.


And then she died. (Deepest condolences to her family, who must be dealing not only with the devastating loss of a parent and partner, but also the mindfuck of knowing your mom kinda got murdered by a soft drink.)

Now, the lesson here, obviously, isn't that you shouldn't drink Coca-Cola—it's that you shouldn't drink two gallons of Coca-Cola per day. Because you know what? You shouldn't drink two gallons of WATER per day (the recommended intake for women is just over 2 liters). If you look at the ingredients of, say, Mexican Coke, it's basically just water, sugar, some acid, and "natural flavors." There's probably sodium in there too. So, in other words...it's all the stuff we put in all food to make it taste good. It's taste-good syrup. W-evs. Drink it on special occasions (and/or hangover days).

And also, to all the anti-soda evangelists yelling about how "Coca-Cola can dissolve a t-bone steak in three days!!!!!"—you know what else will dissolve a t-bone steak in three days? YOUR FUCKING STOMACH ACID. I think your innards will be fine, precious flowers.

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Felicia Wright(Roxanne)

The only soda I would drink for a long time was Coke, until a couple years ago when my stomach started feeling like it was coated in battery acid. I stopped drinking it completely and my stomach started feeling better. I drink Sprite or Dr.Pepper now but try to add a lot more water and juice then I did as a teenager/early 20's. It also did a number on my teeth, I was lucky and the dentist barely charged me anything to fix them(they did a few charity patients for free or next to free around Christmas, picked their patients who had no insurance).

My son is 5 and I'm now one of those people who won't let their kids have soda that's not sugar free. Occasionally I let him, but we have really weak teeth in my family and mine didn't have any problems until I started drinking Coke every day. I don't know why my stomach can handle Dr.Pepper but it doesn't hurt and doesn't feel like acid going down. I feel bad for this family, but I seriously don't know how she didn't start having major stomach pains or at least some warnings to stop before she died. I drank a lot of Coke a day but nowhere near 8-10 liters and it was killing my stomach. I'm curious to how she had 8 healthy kids if she drank that much coke a day while pregnant, and smoking. I feel really bad for the kids and husband.