A mum's addiction to drinking 18 pints of Coca-Cola a day probably killed her, a coroner has ruled.
Natasha Harris, mother of eight, suffered a cardiac arrest after guzzling more than 50,000 pints of the soft drink over eight years.
Her dependence on it also led to the loss of her teeth - and one of her kids being born without tooth enamel.
Her partner Christopher Hodgkinson said: “I didn’t ever think about the Coke. I never considered it would do any harm to a person. It’s just a soft drink, just like drinking water. I didn’t think a drink’s going to kill you.”
He went on to explain how Natasha got hooked and said: “She would get moody and get headaches if she didn’t have any Coke and also feel low in energy.”
The 30-year-old’s family said labels on the bottles do not contain warnings about the drink’s possible addictiveness.
Christopher’s mother, Vivien Hodgkinson, said Natasha had “withdrawal symptoms” and would go “crazy” if the soft drink ran out.
Christopher discovered her at their home in Invercargill, New Zealand, slumped in the bathroom and gasping for air in February 2010.
He told the inquest how her health had deteriorated in the time leading up to her death.
He said: “She had no energy and was feeling sick all the time. She would get up and vomit in the morning.”
Coroner David Crerar said: “I find that, when all of the available evidence is considered, were it not for the consumption of very large quantities of Coke by Natasha Harris, it is unlikely that she would have died when she died and how she died".
Source - The Sun
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