So I don't thread-jack...
I am a Diet Coke fiend... not intentionally, but when I entered Medical School I began 'using' to help me remain alert. It morphed into a full fledged addiction which unfortunately... I am able to afford.
I typically drink 6-8 24oz Diet Cokes each day. Beginning on the way to work, and ending on the way to bed. I drink little else in all reality.
I have heard time and again, that it will hurt me, but I have NEVER found anything which actually has shown that there are true ill effects. I have heard that the aspartame is dangerous, however, I also KNOW that it is merely two amino acids hooked together, and its basic metabolism is baseline breakdown products of these two... amino acids L-aspartic acid and L-phenylalanine, but also breaks down into aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol. However in such small quantities as to remain sub-consequential given that human metabolism typically MAKES both Methanol and formaldehyde through normal processes and we have mechanisms which convert these into safe metabolites.
So... I am SURE that I am a prime candidate for diet soda intoxication... in fact, there is probably no one more prime than I am.
I would certainly LIKE to not drink it... but as with anything... it is easy, and apparently serves some purpose, despite my superficial knowledge.
What can I look for to see if I am screwing myself up with Diet Coke?