Three years ago, a New Zealand coroner concluded that drinking large qualities of Coca-Cola was a “substantial factor” in the death of a thirty year old woman. Natasha Harris, a mother of eight children, consumed up to 10 litres of the fizzy drink to the point where she had addiction withdrawal signs when she ran out or drank lesser amounts (4 2-liters or nearly 24 cans of Coke every day, so 8.4 equals 48 cans and she drank more than this amount). It is a sad addiction in a large family.
The coroner calculated that her intake of Coco-Cola amounted to the equivalent of two pounds of sugar and 970 milligrams of caffeine per day. This was also twice the recommended safe limit of caffeine and more than eleven times the recommended sugar intake. The coroner revealed that Natasha Harris likely suffered from a myriad of medical conditions, including racing heart and ‘absent teeth,’ both probably attributable to her addiction to Coca-Cola.
The articles that I read did not mention any attempt on behalf of Natasha’s family to seek addiction help or family counseling. The family did comment on the fact that they thought the Coca-Cola company should put warning labels on its products.
It is a sad story whenever a person dies from any addiction, and doubly sad that this thirty-year old woman left a partner and eight children to mourn her death.