Doctors and dentists give endless warnings regarding the perils of sugary drinks.
Yet former EastEnders actress Kierston Wareing shunned the advice of medical experts when she spiralled into a ‘painful’ addiction to Coca-Cola – which saw her lose five teeth.
The 38-year-old actress spoke to the Daily Mirror about her perilous problem, which resulted in a dental catastrophe after she ignored warnings and continued to drink the sugar-filled beverage.
Kierston, who played Kirsty Branning in the soap from 2012 to 2014, discussed the shocking incident which saw her unhealthy addiction spiral into a dental disaster.
In her candid chat with the paper, the acclaimed actress revealed she ignored the warnings which eventually led to her downfall in the face of her love of the saccharin treat.
She said: ‘I was on two and a half litres of full fat Coca-Cola a day. But my teeth have been suffering, I had a warning a year ago, but I didn’t take it seriously.
‘A year later and I have had five teeth come out. It’s been so painful, I’ve been waking up in agony and it is all down to Coca-Cola. I had an addiction to it.
‘I would wake up in the middle of the night and I would crave a can of Coke. Then I would get up in the morning and the first thing I’d drink is a can of Coke.’
Despite fighting her addiction to the drink, she revealed she now devours four Wispa chocolate bars a day instead – leading to medical professionals insisting it was not just a Coca-Cola addition but a sugar addiction.
Kierston has always been candid about her woes after she confessed in 2013 that a boyfriend beat her black and blue when she was 14, but the second, from her 20s, would hit her ‘every weekend’, attacked her with a plank and knocked one of her teeth out.
‘My whole eye was closed. I had great bumps like eggs on my head, bruises black and blue. You wouldn’t have recognised me. He once tried to hit me with a crowbar but missed.’
The Sunday People reported that Kierston had no idea things would turn out this way: ‘He was the worst. He was very charming and from a good background. I thought he was too good to be true – and he was.’
Kierston said she became a nervous wreck, getting down to seven stone, and that she stayed because she lost her confidence. She said: ‘If someone tells you often enough you’re worthless, you start to believe it.’