“Early death” risks: More bad news for soft-drink lovers

A few weeks ago, we were the bearers of bad news when we announced that drinking two or more cans of any artificially sweetened drink each day could significantly increase your risk of stroke and heart disease.

Terrifyingly, as we reported then: “The risk of early death is 16 per cent higher for those who consume diet drinks, compared to those who don’t.”

Now, we have follow-up research that claims drinking regular, full-leaded soft drinks are equally as bad for your, well, you know – life expectancy.


This latest study crunched the data from more than 80,000 females and 37,000 men, who had each answered questionnaires about lifestyle factors every two years.

Researchers discovered that the more sugary-sweet drinks that a person consumes, the more his or her risk of early death from any cause increased.

Drinking two sugary drinks a day increased your risk of early death by 14 per cent, while those who drink more than two a day had a 21 per cent increased risk of early death.

Alarmingly, the latter group also had a 31 per cent higher chance of dying young from heart disease.

“These findings are consistent with the known adverse effects of high sugar intake on metabolic risk factors and the strong evidence that drinking sugar-sweetened beverages increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, itself a major risk factor for premature death,” says Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition.

“The results also provide further support for policies to limit marketing of sugary beverages to children and adolescents and for implementing soda taxes – because the current price of sugary beverages does not include the high costs of treating the consequences.”

So, to recap…

Put unhealthy crap in your body.

And you’ll increase the chances of you checking out of this earthly plane a little earlier than you might have liked.

Sounds fair enough.

With two studies demonising fizzy drinks in the space of one month, all we can say is: you’ve been warned!