Timeline and Symptoms of Caffeine Withdrawal

Caffeine is hands-down the most widely consumed and unregulated psychoactive drug. For years, the term addiction was used sparingly when referring to caffeine and was only used when referring to the likes of cocaine and heroin. However, an increasing body of research is finding links between continued caffeine consumption and a number of health problems, including addiction (Meredith et al., 2013).

Development of Caffeine Addiction

Adenosine is a chemical element produced in body cells. In the brain, adenosine works as a central nervous system depressant that helps your body wind down in preparation for sleep. When consumed, caffeine binds to adenosine receptors in the brain and confers the opposite effect. It makes cells excited and blocks any adenosine from being absorbed, which makes you more alert. This is why many Americans depend on their morning cup of coffee to start the day.  [Read more…]

Coffee Addiction: Stats, Benefits, Dangers, and Withdrawal Symptoms

Coffee is a popular beverage with a rich global history that spans decades. Millions of users take coffee in one form or another each day – from freshly ground coffee beans to espressos sold on almost every other American street. Statistics indicate that about 59% of Americans above age 18 take coffee every day, with about 65% of those being above age 60 (Reuters, 2015).

The 2015 National Coffee Drinking Trends study also indicated that Americans generally consume 1.85 cups of coffee each day. Older Americans above age 35 tend to drink more cups of coffee compared with those younger than 35, with the former consuming an average of three cups daily. [Read more…]

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