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Addicted to caffeine?

Discussion in 'Other Substances' started by Carnold23, Oct 19, 2015.

  1. xTinx

    xTinx Community Champion

    Caffeine addiction first affects the nervous system before the rest of our body. It is both mental and physical in that sense. When you start convulsing or shiver because of too much or lack of coffee, then your addiction to caffeine has manifested itself physically.
  2. mayasupernova

    mayasupernova Active Contributor

    My usual day starts with a cup of coffee. If I get out of my bed and do not have a cup of coffee I am also very cranky the whole day long.
    I usually drink more than 4 cups of coffee throughout the course of my day, usually in the morning, before and after lunch and in the evening..sometimes even more if i need to focus on some things like job.
  3. djolem

    djolem Senior Contributor

    Caffeine is a strong central nervous system stimulant and a psychoactive drug. Nevertheless it is, as we all now very much legal. I never liked coffee until i started working in a kitchen where waiters were starting before kitchen stuff and there was one fellow who always made me a cup of coffee before i come. So i started drinking and felt much better. Almost two years i was in that restaurant and although i still do not like coffee i drink it. Sure, i can not drink it but i feel better if i do. Sometimes i skip several days because i am not very much addicted but my mother for example cannot do a thing without morning coffee.
  4. I have lupus so I don't have very much energy ever. The only way I can function is if I have several cups of coffee throughout the day and most days I still need long naps. I hardly used to ever drink coffee until my symptoms started showing up.
  5. serenity

    serenity Community Champion

    According to wikipedia, a mild caffeine addiction can form in humans, but addiction to it has never been documented yet. Look at the link here for more information:

    Personally, when I drank too much coffee I noticed some palpitations, but that only happened once after 2 glasses of coffee.
  6. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    Tension headaches are awful :( I feel for you :( I get those from time to time all of a sudden, I feel terrible! I can understand why you'd not want to stop having your morning coffee... But if your caffeine addiction is not an issue, then why stop? I think my fiance has a caffeine addiction, he drinks at least 6 cups coffee a day and he is doing ell (no side effects).
  7. JonnyMacdonald

    JonnyMacdonald Community Champion

    Caffeine is one of the most addictive drugs on the planet!
    We often forget that things like alcohol and caffeine are addictive psychoactive drugs because they are legal.
    Not the case, caffeine withdrawals are real and awful.
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  8. abacabb

    abacabb Member

    I have absolutely no doubt that you can become dependent upon caffeine. I can even tell in my own body that after not drinking pop for a day or so, that my body can feel it. I even get headaches from time to time.
  9. ChloeDawn

    ChloeDawn Active Contributor

    Until recently, I was addicted to diet soda for many years. I think it was a combination of both the caffeine and the artificial sweetener I was addicted to. A few weeks ago, I decided to give it up. The withdrawal headaches were torture for a couple of days, but once I got through them I knew I was going to win this battle. Now I drink 5-6 bottles of water a day and have an occasional glass of juice. It feels good and has even saved me money!
  10. SashaS

    SashaS Community Champion

    Whenever my wife turns on the kettle, the sound puts a smile on my face and I get a sense of happiness. I don't like coffee as much as I like Coke and Orange Juice, yet drinking it gives me a sense of happiness and relaxation. This can probably lead to an addiction, but I usually have one cup per day, if not less. It's an expensive addiction too, with the price of decent cofee.
    Nevermind the cost of water, electricity, milk and sugar. The effects of the sugar itself are bad enough. But some people do rely on it for energy, especially those who live stressful lives with large workloads. I wouldn't consider myself an addict, but I do admit to enjoying coffee a little more than I should.
  11. JerPostr98

    JerPostr98 Member

    I also agree with the view that caffeine should be considered an addiction. Too many people I know rely on coffee every single day. They may become grumpy or irritable if they don't have their daily dose of caffeine. Yet for some reason, they don't see themselves as addicted because "they could stop if they wanted to." I think as a society we should collectively change our views on this.
  12. Deeishere

    Deeishere Active Contributor

    Caffeine is considered a drug. How much coffee do you drink? My doctor told me that at least 2-3 cups is ok. Like you, I get headaches when I don't drink it. Sometimes in the beginning of the year, I will try to detox my body and those first few days are a killer! I actually had to take Tylenol to get rid of the headache. I tried the so called healthy, organic coffee, but it does not taste as good as Starbucks. I try to limit myself to 2-3 cups each day.
  13. Coolkidhere

    Coolkidhere Community Champion

    My husband drinks about five cups of coffee a day. It depends on the brand but some brands make him palpitate. And if he cannot drink coffee, he is very sleepy and won't be able to do his tasks. He have never experienced anger or irritation though when he's not on coffee.

    In your case, I think you're definitely experiencing withdrawal symptoms whenever you don't have your coffee. I'd suggest lowering the amount of caffeine you consume each day. Then lower it again the next week, until the next week, until you can remove it completely from your life.

    Or you can switch to green tea which also has caffeine but is healthier. Again, everything should be in moderation. It might be bad if you develop an addiction to green tea this time.
  14. morgoodie

    morgoodie Senior Contributor

    I definitely believe that there is an addiction to caffeine. My niece and her husband have tried several times over the years to give up pop and they have failed each time. There are withdrawal symptoms of stopping caffeine so there is a correlation there. Caffeine is a stimulant and it helps to fuel people's energy for the day. I know that I have to have it sometimes to stay awake and I had to have it when I worked all the time. I do not have as much now that I am not working and I have felt the affects of not having it.
  15. explorerx7

    explorerx7 Senior Contributor

    The caffeine in coffee is reported to be an addictive substance. however, there seems to have varying effects on different persons. Some people will not be able to sleep very well if they drink coffee late in the night, whilst it will not have this effect on others. The caffeine really gives some folks a high, which would probably create a level of dependency, that could lead to addiction
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  16. Deeishere

    Deeishere Active Contributor

    It is true that it depends on the person what the reaction will be to caffeine. I know for me coffee makes me feel quite calm. On the other hand, I do have trouble going to sleep if I drink it late at night. I also think it causes me to have Restless Leg Syndrome. I will also get really bad headaches if I don’t drink it for days.
  17. Jack Wallace

    Jack Wallace Senior Contributor

    I think caffeine can have drawbacks, mainly when mixed with alcohol and when taken in dangerous doses. It can be habit-forming, and is considered slightly addictive. It does not create substance addiction the way other stimulants like nicotine do, but there is a reason why many people need their morning jolt of coffee or tea. Most people can overcome withdrawal effects of their habit; nonetheless, people whose wits are already prone to addiction can face severe clinical addiction symptoms while kicking their caffeine habit.
  18. Geeka

    Geeka Member

    I think I share the very same grumpiness as you do, Carnold. I realise that and I do see myself behaving so especially when I don't get my first cup of coffee by a certain time as well. I timed myself once and it seems that if I don't get the first cup after the first hour from waking up, that's when I'll start getting agitated and grumpy. Even the slightest thing would put me off. I know it's not harmful, but it can surely spoil the day for me at times and I'm thinking for others at home too. They must seriously dislike me in the morning, I reckon. I'd probably hate me too.