Andy Currie,41, splashed out around £7,000 a year on the fizzy drink and claims to have been cured after having an online hypnotherapy session
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A supermarket worker who was so hooked on Pepsi that he guessed 30 cans a day for 20 years has finally kicked the habit.
Andy Currie, 41, has sipped an estimated 219,000 cans of the fizzy drink – the equivalent of seven million sugar cubes – since he first started drinking it in his 20s.
But he decided to take action after weighing 19 stones and being warned by doctors that he was at risk of becoming diabetic.
Andy, from Bangor, North Wales, now claims to have been cured after having an online hypnotherapy session and drinking water for the first time in two decades.
He said: “I’ve always loved the taste of a cold Pepsi. Nothing could beat it and I just got hooked.
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“I work nights so always liked the sugar rush to keep me going. I’d go through four or five two liter 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 39-year-old volunteer worker Sarah, splashed out £20 per day on Pepsi – amounting to around £7,000 a year.
He added: “It cost me a fortune to be honest. 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 fizzy pop.”
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Andy managed to lose two stones through diet and exercise but still struggled to stop drinking Pepsi.
He contacted London-based therapist and hypnotist David Kilmurry, who identified Woody as having avoidant restrictive food intake disorder.
David said: “I was horrified at Andy’s disclosure of drinking 10 liters of Pepsi a day.
“That was by far 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.
“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.”
In one month Andy has dropped a further stone and appears to be remarkably more healthy.
He said: “David met me online and hypnotized 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 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.”