I'm not much of a drinker.
I was never much of a recreational narcotics enthusiast (and I knew lots of them).
But sugar is my crack habit.
Over the last year, I've given up sodas. I was a serious Dr. Pepper addict all of my life; love the stuff. Now, no more. I sometimes think soda was more of a habit than a craving. Amazingly, I don't miss it. I still put a front-end-loader's worth of sugar in my tea, so I haven't really shaken off that monkey.
This study of the impact of sodas from California is quite an eye opener. My doctor always said we could cut our national health care expenses in half if we all just dropped the soda habit. He may be right. Each can contains 17 teaspoons of sugar; that's even more than I put into my iced tea (about 10 teaspoons; hey, I'm an addict). Soda may well be the main culprit in obesity, especially among kids. I'm amazed at how many of these things people will drink sometimes; 5 or 8 a day. At my worst, I never drank more than 2 a day in the summer.
Hell is a sugar shack.