I try and avoid artificial sweeteners as I don’t like all the chemicals. The exception is once a week when I meet friends for a social evening at our local club. I will have a diet softdrink as there are very limited choices on offer for non-drinkers trying to avoid sugar. Plain water gets a little boring when socialising.
I am currently following the CSIRO Total Well-being Diet and find it interesting that they do not limit diet drinks in the plan - they can be freely consumed. I previously would have had a regular softdrink.
At home I make a fermented ginger beer which is sweetened with a small amount of honey to aid the fermentation process. It is a refreshing drink which is not sweet and I really notice the sweetness of the diet drink when I am out. I also avoid fruit juice or full soft drink as they are ‘hollow’ calories and I would rather eat a piece of fresh fruit.