A man addicted to Irn-Bru has been consuming 8 litres of the drink a day for the past 20 years after which he had to undergo a quadruple heart bypass surgery.
After returning from the hospital, Andrew McSherry, 52, managed to give up the drink but only for a brief period. He is again back with his habit. The only difference is that this time it is the sugar-free version and the quantity has come down to 4 litres a day.
AdvertisementHe almost died from heart disease in 2011. After facing shortness of breath, he went for tests which showed that he had blocked arteries. McSherry, the father of three, was taking in 150 teaspoons of sugar a day through the drink and had major artery damage.
From the drink, he was consuming 2,400 calories a day, the prescribed amount for a man. He was also eating the normal three meals a day. He said that in spite of living on a sugar-rich diet, he had a normal weight.
The ex-labourer said he would get withdrawal symptoms if he didn't consume 2 litres during the night. "I'm amazed I haven't turned orange. I can't remember how long I've been drinking it - years and years. Even when I was younger and I was going to the pub I'd only drink Irn-Bru - about seven or eight cans a night," said McSherry from Cumbernauld, near Glasgow.
In the past 20 years, he has spent approximately Ģ35,000 on Irn-Bru.