Drinking 10 liters of soda a day will make you sick? Who'd have guessed that?!

Back in high school I was addicted to Mountain Dew, possibly the most disgusting soda flavor ever invented. Unfortunately, my high school days were so boring that I don't remember much about them, but I do remember drinking 3 or 4 bottles of Mountain Dew each day, a habit that became much easier when all of the milk machines were replaced with brand new Pepsi machines that dispensed 20oz bottles.

Somehow I managed to avoid obesity and was even able to kick the habit after high school, when poverty forced me to survive on tap water. Turns out water is actually not so bad.

Since I stopped drinking soda, I haven't really thought much about its health impacts, until a friend sent me a link to this article detailing some of the side effects of excessive soda consumption. Medical researchers are so alarmed by some of the cases that they've seen of individuals who've gotten sick from soda, that they're now issuing a warning about its health dangers. One researcher writes:

Evidence is increasing to suggest that excessive cola consumption can also lead to hypokalaemia, in which the blood potassium levels fall, causing an adverse effect on vital muscle functions.

So soda doesn't just make you fat and jittery, it can also lead to a range of health problems, including fatigue, appetite loss, persistent vomiting and heart problems. Hypokalaemia is just one of many conditions that can result when you drink too much soda.

Granted, the individuals mentioned in this research review drank soda in amounts that are almost incomprehensible. One man who appeared at a hospital with severe muscle weakness routinely drank up to 10 liters a day of soda! That's nearly 4,000 calories from sugar!

Reading this article really made me think about some of the old advertisements for my (former) favorite soft drink. It's funny how everyone in this TV ad seems so fit and active, the exact opposite of what medical research says will happen if you drink too many soft drinks.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

maleman001's picture
maleman001 says:

I did not know this, I drink pop but sera mist, but my mom drinks mountain dew all the time , but I 'm going to let her know thank you for writing this.

posted on Sat, 05/23/2009 - 2:08pm
shaunalynn10's picture

i drink alot of pop moslty pepsi but i dont think i drink this much maybe like 2 a week

posted on Sat, 05/23/2009 - 2:10pm
curious's picture
curious says:

it's been many years since i've drink-drink pop. now i have a sip about an average once a month; yes not even a whole bottle, two sips usually makes me don't want it anymore, i no longer find the taste refreshing/alluring. same thing with fruit juices. now it's all water everyday.
i yell at my sisters all the time, that if they are thirsty, they need water. pop is an overdose of sugar in a small can, better consumed at parties or gatherings, not everyday. it's not necesarily a "bad" thing, it's just that the consumption of pop on a regular basis has increased without people really thinking about what they are ingesting. is pop truly necessary to life, no, but then why does society promote it when all we really need is water.

posted on Sat, 05/23/2009 - 5:57pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

pop is great

posted on Sun, 05/24/2009 - 10:43am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Ha! 10 liters? That's kind of a big commitment.

It sort of reminded me of an article I read a while back (there's a post on it somewhere here, but I don't feel like searching), about how having too much sugar-free gum could give you severe chronic diarrhea. Eventually they mentioned that the two case studies this was based on were people who were consuming several packs of sugar-free gum a day. Whoops.

posted on Sat, 05/23/2009 - 9:28pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

who whould drink 10 L thats a joke!!!!

posted on Sun, 05/24/2009 - 12:49pm
shanai's picture
shanai says:

10 liters a day of any soft drink is a lot- and I doubt that very many people drink THAT much all the time, but clearly some people do.

And even in amounts that are more "normal" - for example, a 20oz bottle a day, or a couple of cans - that's still a lot of sugar, caffeine and other things that are probably not doing your body any good.

I didn't mention this in my original post, but while I was drinking so much soda, I was also getting lots of cavities. In the span of a couple of years I went from no cavities to more than 10! My molars are all filled with fillings, and I'm pretty sure that my soda habit was partly to blame.

posted on Tue, 05/26/2009 - 9:56am
MALIK's picture
MALIK says:

If you drink to much soda, you will live with dietbetis.
every day, you will come to the hispitel to take ful shots.

posted on Tue, 05/26/2009 - 12:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Drinking soda will make you live longer. I suggest drinking 10 cans a day to keep the reaper away.

posted on Wed, 07/29/2009 - 3:25pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Waht about all the C0-2 that will be let out into the air when you open each can?

posted on Thu, 07/30/2009 - 9:30am
Shari's picture
Shari says:

Wait a minute! 10L of anything in 1 day can't be good for you. Even 10L of water. That would so be hard on your body, especially your liver, to process that much of any liquid.

I agree, people drink way too much soda. And, I'll admit, I'm guilty too. And cutting way back can only be a good thing for any cola consumer.

However, as JGordon mentioned, it's far more impressive for the news agents to want to publish these research stories of the extremes rather than look at more "normal" consumption levels.

posted on Thu, 07/30/2009 - 10:58am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

If we would be more active as people, maybe alot are, but if we got more active we would probably want water more and it would be healthier for us. Soda is definitly something I am going to quit drinking sometime soon.
I am additced to it but I figure I dont smoke, I dont drink and so I figure if I drink 1 bottle a day like normal size not the 2 liters, ok but less, ok so people drink coffee, what about caffine and calories in coffee? so I dont drink coffee, at all so or tea, but that still doesnt make it right. I am really trying to change my eating habits and drinking ways, of pop. Pop I say is pure sugar, and all bad for us just like smoking.

posted on Mon, 03/22/2010 - 1:12am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I agree about no longer drinking soda my mom used to buy soda all the time. but we both decided if we stopped buying it we would no longer want to drink it.
yay us

posted on Mon, 03/22/2010 - 10:41am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Pop isn't bad if you drink less of it. Just buy less, you don't have to stop drinking all togther though.

posted on Tue, 03/23/2010 - 12:18pm

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