Such a strategy will not cut down on a hedonistic response. Frankly, water is boring and adding sugar to it increases the dopamine response from drinking the sugary beverage. Remember that Coca-Cola was originally a combination of sugar and cocaine (that also activates dopamine in the brain). Dopamine in the brain is a powerful hormone to try to ignore.
Swapping a sugary beverage for water can reduce daily calorie intake and the prevalence of obesity in those who drink sugary beverages, according to the results of a new study. The study involved modeling an exchange from consuming an 8-ounce serving of a sugary beverage to consuming an 8-ounce serving of water.