I didn't get addicted to diet Dr. Pepper until I started online college. It keeps me awake, alert, and more excited than is necessary during long hours of paper writing.
I heard that, as humans, we are more compassionate and accepting when someone's dependency or "buffer against life's hardships" is the same as ours. But we are judgmental when we can't relate. So I apologize if I've ever judged someone for drinking excessive amounts of diet soda, because...here I am.