A GREAT-gran claims she has drunk nothing but Pepsi for 64 years and says she wouldn’t go near a glass of water even if she was dying of thirst. Jackie Page, 77, downs a can of the fizzy pop every morning and can guzzle up to four a day. She has sipped an estimated 93,440 cans of Pepsi - and nearly 3,000kg of sugar or the equivalent of three million sugar cubes - since she first started drinking it as a 13-year-old in 1954.
Jackie Page, 77, downs a can of Pepsi every morning and can guzzle up to four every day
“I don’t call it an addiction. It’s just something I like and I can’t help it if I don’t like anything else.
Jackie loves Pepsi and refuses to have any Coca Cola in her home
“We would tell them it was bad for you so they wouldn’t drink it, but as they have all seen how healthy I am and how long I have lived I can’t really talk now.
“Whether I am a caffeine addict or not I don’t know, but I am 77 years old and I have survived so far.
“I have one as soon as I wake up each day straight from the fridge. It’s like when someone says they want to drink a lovely cup of tea first thing in the morning, I drink up a lovely can of Pepsi.
“I don’t like to drink alcohol so I order Pepsi when we go out for dinner too.
“At a push at restaurants I will go without a drink altogether, or I will pull out a can of Pepsi from my bag. Sometimes they get a bit funny about it because I didn’t buy it there.
“They say Pepsi is bad for your teeth but I am a war time baby and there’s not many of us without rotten teeth so I wouldn’t know.
Jackie (pictured, aged 16) first fell in love with Pepsi as a youngster in 1954
Jackie said she wouldn't touch a glass of water even if she was dying of thirst
Jackie was never interested in the glasses of water or bottles of milk her mum tried to give her, and found the smell of tea and coffee “revolting”.
She used to sip on lemonade but claims she never enjoyed the drink - until she tried her first Pepsi, which was served in glass bottles at the time.
Retired housekeeper Jackie said: “When you find something you know you really like, you have to have it. I never liked drinking very much when I was a kid.
"I have never drank water - no way, even if I was dying would I. Nor would I drink tea or coffee. I know it's hard to believe.
"Coke would never get in my house. I didn’t like Coca Cola. I don’t like cola drinks in general. But I like Pepsi.”
Jackie said she even guzzled cans of Pepsi when she was in hospital having an operation
But when she was in hospital in later life, the hospital stashed her cans of Pepsi in a fridge to make sure she didn’t get dehydrated.
Jackie said: “I’ve never gone off Pepsi. When I was in hospital in the 1960s during my four pregnancies they wouldn’t let me have it in with me so I had to go without.
“But I’ve been to hospital since for some major operations and I was allowed to have it there.”
“I wouldn’t ever kiss my mum because she always smelt of tea. I have never drunk anything else other than Pepsi.
“To be honest, I don’t know how I have lived so long.”
Jackie said she doesn't actually like cola drinks - despite her love of Pepsi
Jackie said she finds tea and other popular drinks 'revolting'
Her eight great-grandchildren and 11 grandchildren also know to keep their hands off their nan’s Pepsi.