I broke this habit a few years ago. We used to have soda at our house available whenever we felt like it! I needed to cut calories and wasn't realliy interested in learning about other factors that were working against my health.
First, I started by making the move from regular sodas to only drinking diet sodas. I knew that was a good start because it eliminated a lot of empty calories. But I began reading about possible negative effects on the body from artificial sweeteners. I looked at my options and still wanted the fizzies. Fizzies just feel like a party and I have needed emotional parties to keep me moving along in choosing healthy living.
I read more about the things we eat and drink and decided to try to eliminate additives and artificial colorings. So, I tried organic sodas and enjoyed the refreshing light flavor. Some I liked, others were awful - at least to my palate! I know everyone is different, so I won't mention the ones I settled on.
Next, I cut back to having an occasional just one organic soda instead of every day, several times a day. I had it either with lunch or as a treat when watching TV. My teen daughter told me that drinking sodas can cause cancer of the esophagus. So I looked that up and then decided to cut back a little more.
As I understand it, it is the phosphoric acid in the soft drinks that can cause acid reflux. Repeated damage may lead to other more serious problems including cancer. I wanted to keep some fizzies for partying, but wanted even more to improve my health and future health.
Continuing my research about healthy living, I've made many other changes as well. For the occasional fizzy, I have 1/2 cup organic or fresh juice with 1 1/2 cups sparkling water as an occasional treat. Thanks to another SparkPerson who posted the recipe, I learned to make a cream soda by adding a little Stevia and vanilla to sparkling water. Hits the spot!
Now, I only have a soda once, maybe twice a week. You see, I challenged myself and relieved the pressure by looking at my options, not rushing, and not pressuring myself or others. Making it a process instead of an overnight change, made the difference for me.