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Hi
I have found that when out or even just watching my favorites sports on telly, having a can of cold soda pop is a good replacement for beer.
I am a bit worried about the nutritional aspects. Its probably better for my body to drink too much pop than to get  drunk, but is there any harm in drinking five or six pops once or twice a week?
I am also trying to lose the beer belly, and am worried the sugar is not good, but I have heard diet pops are just as bad? Thanks for your advice!

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Hi Bud,

You enjoy alcohol because it is immediately converted to biological energy (ATP) that is necessary to produce feel good neurotransmitters. Soda pop does the same to a lesser degree, because its sugar content will help to convert sugar into the same energy. The trouble is that both will aggravate the underlying illness, that is responsible for addiction. If you are suffering from hypoglycemia (http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2012/why-alcoholics-drink/), you may have problems converting sugars in food (carbohydrates) into biological energy.
Alcohol seem to by-pass the conversion, but alcohol is also a poison to the liver. For a better explanation please read:
Why Alcoholics Drink
  http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2012/why-alcoholics-drink/

Alcoholism is a Treatable Disease
  http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2012/alcoholism-addiction-is-a-treatable-disease/

Please discuss with a nutritional doctor.

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Jurriaan Plesman, Nutritional Psychotherapist.
Emeritus Editor of
The Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia.
http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/
Author of "Getting off the Hook"
Freely available at Google Book Search
Skype: jurplesman
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Jurriaan Plesman, Nutritional Psychotherapist

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I have a degree in Psychology from the Sydney University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Nutrition. I am also the author of “GETTING OFF THE HOOK” which deals with the nutritional and psychological treatment of personality disorders. It is freely available on the internet at Google Book Search. I am interested in the relationship between nutrition and behaviour, and as a Probation ans Parole Officer facilitated groups for offenders, many of whom were alcoholics and drug addicts, sex offenders or compulsive gamblers, as well as the whole gamut of “personality disorders”. I am also the ex-editor of the Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia Newsletter, a quarterly publication dealing with hypoglycemia and related health problems. Its web site, together with a shortened course of PSYCHOTHERAPY can be visited at: http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au

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Nutritional Psychotherapy and psychotherapy

Organizations
The Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia

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Book: "Getting Off the Hook"freely available on the internet at Google Book Search.
Editor: Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia
http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au My articles can be found at: https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1M3x0ciu21Q8-KJO3tcIuxE-Mn97OIxCKzuhHDY8umrU#id.m9k24s-yjf9sc

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BA(Psych), Sydney University, Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr (International Academy of Nutrition)

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