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Multiple addictions

Discussion in 'Other Substances' started by remnant, Mar 2, 2016.

  1. remnant

    remnant Community Champion

    Many people's idea of starting the morning is a cup of tea. It looks innocuous enough but wait until you miss it. Nerves become frayed and some become prickly. For my case, I rarely take anything else during the day apart for a cup of tea with scones as an accompaniment. So caffeine addiction tugs along with it addiction to sugar and high sugar release foods. An occasional absence of caffeine results in a quick fix and some people pick up nicotine addiction as well.
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  2. Tsky45

    Tsky45 Community Champion

    Too much caffeine is unhealthy. If you really need energy in the morning fruits and vegetables help a lot. I think smoothies are really good for giving you energy through out the day. The caffeine and nicotine can wreak havoc on your health.
  3. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    I do drink tea in a daily basis and it is always without sugar. Anything in excess is bad so better to just drink a cup or two and avoid too much sugar on it.
    I do agree that one addiction can lead to other addiction.
  4. Sparkster

    Sparkster Community Champion

    Yep, many people are addicted to caffeine (and sugar) and don't even realize it. Take that tea or coffee away and they would soon become conscious of the withdrawal symptoms! Tea is better than coffee though and can actually be quite beneficial to the health, certainly much more beneficial than coffee. Too much of anything is bad for you. Take it all in moderation.
  5. Vinaya

    Vinaya Community Champion

    I start my day with a glass of water and then coffee or tea. When ever I am working on my laptop, I continue drinking tea or coffee in the interval of one hour. I never though my habit as an addiction just because sometimes I can go without tea and coffee for the whole day.
  6. morgoodie

    morgoodie Senior Contributor

    Too much caffeine is bad for you, but just have it in moderation which is not as bad. Tea can have its benefits to you especially if it is green tea which helps to boost metabolism. I love green tea, but I like other teas as well. I do not use sugar in my tea as I was not raised drinking sweet tea so I really do not like it. My dad always had a jug of tea in the refrigerator and we drank it every day. I did not think of it as an addiction but some people do have problems with caffeine when they no longer have it every day.
  7. Sparkster

    Sparkster Community Champion

    They say that there's the same amount of caffeine in two cups of tea as there is in one cup of coffee. However, when switching from drinking coffee to drinking tea, I found that even having two cups of tea still didn't seem to make up for the caffeine that I would get from one cup of coffee. I don't know if that's because the caffeine is more concentrated or what, but it just isn't the same no matter how much tea I drank.
  8. Coolkidhere

    Coolkidhere Community Champion

    I used to drink coffee at least twice a day. But I became too dependent on it, I cannot even function well without it. I'm just glad that I was able to quit it without any withdrawal symptoms. For some people though, quitting caffeine can be quite difficult. It's not just the taste of it, it's the energy and alertness we get from it. I must say though that once I quit caffeine, I am able to work still. I just hydrated more and ate more fruits and vegetables. Although I miss its taste, I am sure I'm doing my body a favour since I love packing on sugar whenever I drink coffee.
  9. explorerx7

    explorerx7 Senior Contributor

    Yes, one addiction can coincide with another, in this case, the need for not only coffee but sweet coffee. Sugar and caffeine, a nice mix for boosting one's energy and enthusiasm level. However is it always and addiction? Couldn't it sometimes be a kind of dependency? There are some people who may require this mix on workdays to start out the workday but like on weekends when they are not working they don't revert to this caffeine and sugar mix.
  10. darkrebelchild

    darkrebelchild Community Champion

    Too much of everything is bad. When you do not get that thing, even if it is as harmless as water, it becomes a problem. We must try not to rely on things but rather stay normal at most times; change is good and variety adds spice to life.
  11. remnant

    remnant Community Champion

    What miffs me is that we rarely get addicted to good or nutritious things. I used to drink copious amounts of water but never developed affinity for it. I am aware water doesn't have active principles like alcohol, cigarettes and caffeine but then again habits are formed in the mind. Anyone with positive or beneficial addictions?
  12. xTinx

    xTinx Community Champion

    Good thing if despite your caffeine and nicotine addiction, you can maintain a happy disposition. However, if that's not the case then you shouldn't consume such substances more than what your body requires or could withstand. There's nothing wrong with occasional controlled intake. But if you can't last a day without it, you should start questioning yourself.
  13. Momma9

    Momma9 Community Champion

    The amount of caffeine in tea depends on the type of tea and how long it brews. The longer it brews; more caffeine. I brew mine with stevia leaves. That gives it a little sweetness without the sugar. You must be careful though, it can be bitter if you put more than a pinch of stevia.

    I start and end my day with a big glass of water. I drink a cup or two of coffee in the morning, black. I alternate drinking water and a mixture of herb and ceylon tea during the day. I do not think the addiction is very unhealthy for me. I am overall very healthy and do not overdo either, but I would have a headache if I stopped!