- Lindsay Hives, from Coventry in the UK, drank five cans of Red Bull a day
- Her addiction saw her drink 20,000 cans over 11 years costing $24,000
- If she did not drink Red Bull, she would get excruciating headaches
- She was only able to kick the habit by seeking the help of a hypnotherapist
Lindsay Hives was once so addicted to caffeine she would drink five cans of Red Bull every day.
The mother-of-one from Coventry, in the UK, started to rely on the energy drink after she gave birth to her son 11 years ago.
Since then, she has spent a staggering AUD$42,415, or GBP$24,000, on 20,000 cans of drink.
But rather than go cold turkey the 38-year-old opted for a rather unusual method to kick her habit: hypnotism.
Bad habit: Lindsay Hives, 38, was addicted to caffeine and would drink five cans of Red Bull a day
'Straight after my first session, I found I didn't crave Red Bull at all,' she said.
'I had a slight headache, but not as bad as I'd had before, and I powered through them for a couple of days – and within a week I didn't even think about it anymore.
'I haven't had a drop since.'
The miraculous turnaround came 11 years after she first became hooked to caffeine.
Lacking energy: The mother-of-one started to drink Red Bull after the birth of her son Tyler (pictured) to help her get through the day
Mr Hives said she started to drink Red Bull to get her through the day after she gave birth to her son Tyler, who was born premature.
She tried to quit but found the withdrawals left her with excruciating headache, and painkillers would barely help.
'I've got aplastic anaemia which leaves me tired as it is, and Tyler was premature and would wake a lot in the night to feed,' she said.
'So when he was a baby I started drinking Red Bull to perk me up after long nights and very little sleep.
'Within a couple of months I was drinking five cans a day.'
Breaking the bank: In the space of 11 years, she spent a staggering AUD$42,415, or GDP$24,000, on 20,000 on cans of drink
Ms Hives said it got to the point where she was drinking five cans a day, and no one realised the extend of her addiction.
'There were times that I thought I should cut down, but in my head it was just a drink, not a hard drug – so I pushed those fears aside,' she said.
'It was like crack for me.
'I always made sure I had at least a few in the house at all times – I couldn't cope without them.
'I couldn't start the day without it – I had to have one the second I woke up.'
Out with the old: After being hypnotised she ditched the Red Bull for good and now drinks green tea
The Red Bull also saw Ms Hives gain weight.
In a last-ditch effort to kick her addiction, and weight gain, she visited hypnotherapist David Kilmurry.
Mr Kilmurry quickly identified Red Bull as the source of her weight problems, and set about helping her curb the cravings.
Today Ms Hives has replaced Red Bull with green tea and has also gone down a dress size.
'Although I used to rely on it for energy, since cutting it out my energy levels are better than ever,' she said.
'I'd never touch the stuff again now.'
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