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Getting addicted to caffeine, what to do?

Discussion in 'Other Substances' started by 003, Jan 14, 2015.

  1. ReadmeByAmy

    ReadmeByAmy Community Champion

    Drinking coffee had different effects on every person. There are those when they drink coffee they made them alert and awake and energized to do all their works and responsibilities for the day. While there are those like me if they drink coffee they made them sleepy and sometimes experience heart palpitations because of the caffeine contents of coffee. That is why I do not drink coffee anymore. It varies and drinking many cups of coffee is not considered as an addiction and like what had been said in one of the above post it is dependence and you can control it by lessening slowly drinking coffee. You cannot totally withdraw it at once because your body had been immune to it already and let your body adjust to it due time.
  2. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    I've know people that for professional reasons drank a lot of coffee and I mean a lot, but in this case I think we should be aware that it's a drug too and with some care we might be able to reduce the consumption.
  3. imperivm1

    imperivm1 Community Champion

    Have tea instead. Pair it with a granola bar so that you'll extract the same amount of energy your coffee provides. Caffeine addiction is definitely not the worst type of addiction but it isn't negligible, either. Should you happen to long for its taste after a period of abstinence, you might want to give decaf a go. There's plenty of alternatives, you just got to find the right fit for you.
  4. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    We need to be careful with tea because many varieties of tea have caffeine as well, especially black tea. Also, any alternative is fine as long as we like it. Biologic fruit drinks also give a lot of energy.
  5. TommyVercetti

    TommyVercetti Community Champion

    Black tea is heavy with caffeine. a lot of energy drinks are heavy with the stuff as well. Admittedly, I am a little hooked on caffeine myself. I could always tell when I forgot to have a drink because I would get these throbbing headaches, and no amount of aspirin could relieve me of them.
  6. xTinx

    xTinx Community Champion

  7. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    Maybe try lessening your coffee intake little by little. As others already said, stopping immediately could just make you feel something is wrong with you since your system is used to in having/drinking coffee.
  8. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    That is a good suggestion, we should start by reducing it to an acceptable level, let say one or two per day. Cutting it slowly might actually work better than cutting it all at once.
  9. Strykstar

    Strykstar Active Contributor

    That's very true, black tea has a huge amount of caffeine, it's not that far from having an actual coffee.
    Of course both are very much healthier than having an energy drink though, those things are caffeine bombs...
  10. Matthodge1

    Matthodge1 Community Champion

    Drinking water will most certainly help with your caffeine addiction. Drink often all throughout the day. If you have to, just carry around a gallon of water. Drink constantly.
  11. Matthodge1

    Matthodge1 Community Champion

    People also do not view fast food as something that is as harmful as it is. That is a constant problem throughout the United States.
  12. Zyni

    Zyni Community Champion

    I cut down my caffeine intake, because I thought it would be healthier, not because I was worried about addiction. I mixed a can of half-caff with regular, then went down to half-caff. I really didn't enjoy it much, so I just resorted to using less coffee when making it as well as making less. I make half a pot instead of a whole one, and I use less coffee to make it. This also takes some getting used to but it worked out well for me in a short time.
  13. Profit5500

    Profit5500 Senior Contributor

    I think that you should go to one when it gets too severe for you to handle. I don't consume coffee but maybe you should try drinking something else that has less caffeine in it. Or just stop all together and fight the cravings.
  14. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    Yeah, even some medicines these days are loaded with caffeine, it's a drug that people don't consider, but that it's sometimes in our lives and we don't even know it.
  15. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    This is a major issue all over the world, not only in the US. Caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes, fast-food, why can't we have a healthier life style?
  16. Matthodge1

    Matthodge1 Community Champion

    Caffeine is one of the fastest rising killers in the United States.
  17. mibi

    mibi Member

    Whoa, I did not know caffeine could be that addictive, I know I need coffee to function in the mornings, I really cannot engage in any office work until I have had a cup of coffee but I try to have my last cup around noon/1pm so I'll be able to fall asleep at night. You should see someone about it because caffeine is very dehydrating, for now try to drink 2 cups of water for every one cup of coffee you drink to keep you hydrated so it doesn't become a health issue.
  18. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    Actually I was not aware of this, even so I am not seeing that caffeine kills a lot of people directly, at least it's something I never heard of.
  19. Profit5500

    Profit5500 Senior Contributor

    That would make a lot of sense why people would get addicted to drugs. It's like a really bad food craving.
  20. Matthodge1

    Matthodge1 Community Champion

    I was in a class that was about addictions, and that was one of the fastest rising addictions out there. Somewhere around 20,000 people die of caffeine overdoses a year, and that fact is still continuing to blow my mind.