Plus, we’ve seen soda taxes work in the United States. After Berkeley, California implemented the first soda tax in the country, consumption of sugary beverages fell by 21 percent and water consumption rose by 63 percent, according to a study in the American Journal of Public Health.
Recently, Philadelphia imposed its own soda tax, but no major U.S. city has gone so far as to ban refills in restaurants.
But you don’t have to wait for taxes and bans to kick your soda habit. Avoid quitting cold turkey and switch to diet drinks to reduce calories while getting your sweetness fix, recommends psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. After a week, switch over to seltzer water with a slice of lemon or other citrus fruits to wean yourself off the sugar.
“Substituting an alternative drink makes you two to three times more likely to resist temptation,” Halvroson says.
Additional reporting by Markham Heid
The article France Bans Free Soda Refills In Attempt to Tackle Obesity Rates originally appeared on Men’s Health.