It's the caffiene. If you try to give it up again, go into the process armed with some excedrine. That also has caffiene but will help with the transition.
Good advice. I may try that. I too am a Coca-Holic. Used to give it up every year for Lent--never made it through.
But I don't actually think it's just the caffeine with Coke. I think it's the caffeine and the sugar and whatever that secret ingredient that in the early days had people asking soda jerks for Coke in this way, "Give me a dope." After all, Dr Pepper also has caffeine but much as I like it I've never "needed" it, whereas that first sip of Coca-Cola every day always gives me the big deep "ahh" sigh of a smoker's first-morning drag.
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caffeine pills and Diet Coke..... yes, I have a problem.. I don't drink coffee cause I hate the taste but I take a half a caffeine pill first thing every morn I need to get to work. Then by the end of the day, I've probably had about three diet cokes.
At horse shows, I buy the little mini diet coke cans and do them shotgun between classes. Then they don't sit around and get warm and it's not so much that I have to pee in the lineup.