We all know that drinking soda isn’t good for us. We know that it would be better for our health if instead we drank [insert pretty much any other beverage choice here — even beer!]. But there’s just something about soda that keeps drawing us back. Whether you call it “soda,” “pop,” “soda pop,” “Coke,” or something else entirely, it’s a good idea to stop drinking it once and for all. Here’s why.
Financial Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda
If saving money motivates you to kick a bad habit, here are the top three financial reasons to quit drinking soda.
1. The out of pocket cost of drinking pop adds up.
The average American drinks 216 liters (that’s 7304 ounces, or about 365 20-ounce bottles) a year. If you purchased your soda only at a vending machine, that’s about $550/ year. If, instead, you put this into a retirement account for 30 years at a 7% interest rate compounded annually, you’d have about $60,000. Even if you buy your soda at the grocery store for 40 cents a can, that’s still $243 per year and over $26,000 over 30 years.
2. You’ll make poorer financial decisions by drinking diet soda.
A research study looking at decision making after drinking soda found that “The sugar-free soda drinkers were more likely to choose the immediate reward, even though it was less money and not the best overall decision. ”
3. The long term health consequences lead to high medical expenses.
I’ve listed numerous health reasons to not drink soda pop below — if you have even one of these health problems because of (or it’s exacerbated by) drinking soda, your long-term medical costs will skyrocket. (See also: 5 Places to Check Out Medical Care for the Uninsured)
Health Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda
Here are just a few of the scientifically researched reasons to kick the habit.
4. Soda increases your blood pressure.
A March 2011 study links soda consumption to higher blood pressure.