Apparently, there’s a newspaper reporter in Norwalk who once drank a lot of Diet Coke, but doesn’t anymore.
Here’s the money graf:
“I became addicted to diet soda sometime in 2003 or 2004, when I was studying journalism at Columbia University. Before that, I feared the health risks of caffeine, mostly because of the heart problems that run in my family. I thought it might speed my heart rate and eventually kill me or make me explode like a cartoon robot that goes haywire.”All I can say is, buddy, if you managed to develop that much agita about knocking back a few hits of Diet Coke a day, stay away from BLOW. And parenthood. Because having both attended the same meat grinder of a journalism school program as you and spent the last three years dealing with one or two crazy little genetic copies of myself, I can tell you that the latter requires even more of an artificially-induced state of clarity than the former.
Seriously, there are a lot of people out there with a heavy caffeine Jones — you should see us during ship week at Beverage Spectrum, when we’d probably drink the Soda Club energy drink syrup if it wasn’t kept in a locked cabinet. But of all the addictions out there, caffeine is one of the easiest to break. I recently dialed my own intake back when I started to get headaches. Of course, I was probably guzzling four double espressos a day, poured from our machine into a clear, extra-large shot glass to increase the illusion that I was drinking a Guinness.
But like our intrepid reporter, I also went cold turkey for a few days. I took my tylenol, hit the weights , and didn’t whine about it at all. Instead, I focused on the glorious truth about caffeine, one that paid off for me with the very first cup of Joe this morning: when you go back after a little time off, it works even better!