A great-gran has declared she wouldn’t drink water even if she were dying… she’d stick to her favourite Pepsi like she has done for 64 years. Jackie Page, 77, has had nothing else to drink but 4 cans of the fizzy pop a day since her first taste aged 13 in 1954.
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.
Some people might think it’s weird and that nowadays you shouldn’t drink Pepsi. But I don’t care and I won’t settle for anything else. I wouldn’t drink water – no way. Not even if I was dying. And I won’t drink tea or coffee.
She reckons her love of the canned fizz, she won’t drink it from a bottle hasn’t had any affect on her health over the years. She added:
I have always been really, really slim until about five years ago – but I think that’s because I am not as active as I was.
Right up until I was 60 I was still doing line dancing and I was pretty fit, but I can’t get out to do that now. They say Pepsi is bad for your teeth – but I am a wartime baby and there’s not many of us without rotten teeth so I wouldn’t know.
I didn’t like milk or water. My mum used to say ‘you have to drink something’. I know she used to give me lemonade or cherryade. I wouldn’t drink to enjoy it. Until I tasted Pepsi, drinking was just something I put up with.”
Jackie – who once had a dog called Pepsi and admits to hating rival brand Coca-Cola continues:
I have a cold 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 instead.
I even have it when we’re eating out as I don’t like alcohol either. If the restaurant doesn’t have it I just pull a can from my bag. Sometimes they get a bit funny about it. But I just know what I like – and that’s Pepsi.