Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder: Man spent $12k a year on Pepsi

A supermarket worker spending more than $12,000 a year on Pepsi says he was able to break his 10-litre-a-day habit after just one hypnotherapy session.

A supermarket worker who spent more than $12,000 a year on guzzling 30 cans of Pepsi a day for two decades has been cured – after he was hypnotised.

Andy Currie, 41, downed a litre of the soft drink every morning and drank a further nine litres throughout the day.

He has sipped an estimated 219,000 cans of Pepsi – and nearly 8,000kg of sugar or the equivalent of seven million sugar cubes – since he first started drinking it in his 20s.

Andy, from Bangor in north Wales, told South West News Service: “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 litre bottles of Pepsi every day. Because I work at Tesco, I could just buy it straight after work and take it home.”

Andy, who is married to Sarah, 39, who volunteers at a garden centre, splashed out £20 a day ($35AUD) on Pepsi – which amounted to around £7,000 ($12,347AUD) a year.

“It cost me a fortune to be honest,” he said.

“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 soft drink.”

Andy decided to take drastic action after he ballooned to 120 kgs and doctors warned him he was at risk of becoming diabetic. Through exercise and diet he managed to lose two stone (12 kgs) but still couldn’t stop drinking Pepsi.

He contacted London-based therapist and hypnotist David Kilmurry, who identified him as having avoidant restrictive food intake disorder. Amazingly, after just one online hypnotherapy session, Andy says he was cured and drank water for the first time in two decades.

In just four weeks he has dropped a further stone (6 kgs) and is remarkably more healthy. Andy said: “David met me online and hypnotised 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 I 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.”

David said he was “horrified” to learn of Andy’s 10-litre a day habit, calling it “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,” he said.

“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.”

Originally published as Man spent more than $12k a year on 10-litre-a-day Pepsi addiction before ditching it cold turkey

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