I have heard and read a little on Aspartame addiction and from my experience with AA sober (without alcohol 21 years +) I must really be a sad case. I drink diet coke now thats not bad if you dont have as severe a problem with it as I do. Some drink 7 to 10 12 oz cans a day. Mine is much much worse. I drink everyday anywhere between 6 to 8, 2 Liters, yes you read right 2 liters of diet coke as well as smoke menthol cigarettes. About 4 years ago I had total renal failure and at the time I was drinking Diet Pepsi the way I drink Diet Coke. This is no joke I am a retired us army vet on disabliity and rated at 100 % due to Schizophrenia. I have COPD as well as over weight and also have Discoid Lupus which I attribute to Diet Coke. I am at a loss this has been going on for like 15 or more years. What to do with such an extreme case. I see a doc on a regular basis well actually more than 1 doctor but they seem to not be as concerned as I am. What to do?