Do soft drinks increase the risk of an early death?

Yes.

Soft drinks do increase risk of an early death.

In a large study involving 451 743 individuals from 10 countries in Europe, the regular consumption of soft drinks increased the risk of death.

The increased risk was seen with both sugared drinks as well as artificially sweetened drinks. Worryingly the hazard from artificially sweetened drinks seems higher.

The take home message: drink more water !

References

1. JAMA . Association Between Soft Drink Consumption and Mortality in 10 European Countries. JAMA Intern Med. Published online September 3, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.2478.

2. Daily Mail. Just TWO glasses of diet drinks each day may raise the risk of an early death, reveals study by the World Health Organisation.

3. The Guardian. Soft drinks, including sugar-free, linked to increased risk of early death.