Ed, nothing wrong with the occasional root beer. I used to be completely soda free for about a decade. Now, there's almost never a time when there aren't at least a few bottles of Sprecher's root beer in the house and I'll have a couple a week for a treat. It's all about moderation. One or two a week isn't a big thing. The problem is when you have two Mountain Dews in the morning, a super sized Pepsi with lunch, then 1-2 Cokes in the afternoon (I know some people whose consumption does fall roughly along that line).