A mother from Coventry in the UK claims she became addicted to drinking cans of Red Bull after spending an estimated £24,000 on thousands of cans in 11 years.
Lindsay Hives consumed an estimated 20,000 cans of the caffeine-fuelled energy drink during the period, at a rate of five cans a day.
The 38-year-old told Caters News Agency she became hooked on the energy drinks following the birth of her son Tyler.
“It just kept getting to the stage where one wouldn’t hit the spot, and I’d need another to keep going,” she told Caters.
The accounts assistant said she was unable to cut down and within a couple of months was drinking five cans a day.
“If I ever tried to cut down or stop drinking energy drinks, I would get horrendous headaches,” she said.
“They were agonising – painkillers would barely touch them. The only thing that made them go away was another Red Bull.
“No one really noticed just how much I was drinking – if my mum saw me with one she’d say ‘that’s not good for you’, but she didn’t realise the extent of it.
“There were times that I thought I should cut down, but in my head it was just a drink, not a hard drug – so I pushed those fears aside.”
She added: “I always made sure I had at least a few in the house at all times – I couldn’t cope without them.
“If I ever woke up in the morning and had run out, I’d dash to the shops at 6am to get one.
“I couldn’t start the day without it – I had to have one the second I woke up.
“I tried to quit over the years, but the headaches were so excruciating that I’d always end up going back to it.
“It was like crack for me.”
Ms Hives said she is now much happier after turning to hypnotherapy to beat her energy drink addiction.
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