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Overview of Caffeine Addiction

Jul 21, 2008
A caffeine addiction is very similar to any other addiction, be it drugs, alcohol or nicotine. When you are addicted to something, it means you feel that you must have this certain thing and it has an effect on your body. Sometimes people feel that you they cannot live without a particular thing. For some people this thing is caffeine and this comes in different forms, the most common being coffee or soft drinks. However there are other substances that have caffeine in them, which makes people crave the caffeine. When taken in large quantities or for an extended period of time caffeine can have the same effects on the body as alcohol, LSD or cocaine. Due to the massive number of people who consume caffeine on a daily basis, caffeine is actually the most consumed drug in the world.

An addiction to caffeine affects each individual person differently. This means that one person addicted to caffeine can get through the day drinking only a few cups of coffee or a couple of cans of cola, when another person addicted to caffeine cannot make it through the day without drinking a litre of cola in addition to drinking ten cups of coffee a day.

Consumption of caffeine is an accepted practice so people never think of a person who drinks ten cups of coffee a day and consumed a litre of cola as being addicted. However, caffeine affects the body and central nervous system in the same way that an illegal drug would. However, unlike the effects of illegal drugs, the effects of caffeine are rarely fatal. Symptoms from overuse of caffeine can range from anxiety to tremors and fever and even hypertension. While these symptoms may sound harmless, hypertension can lead to a heart attack or even a stroke which can be fatal.

An addiction to caffeine may be confused with a dependency on caffeine. When a person has formed a dependency on caffeine it is slightly less than an addiction. Although some people who have formed a dependency on caffeine often feel that they are addicted because they have tried to stop consuming caffeine and have failed. This does not warrant their dependency being called an addiction. Medical professionals might say that they simply lack the will power to quit. When something is an addiction the person is not able to quit on their own and often they require help from a third party.

While there is treatment for various addictions such as drugs and alcohol, treatment for an addiction to caffeine is an area that has never been explored before. This is because no one is quite sure what works and what doesn't since an addiction to caffeine encompasses so many things. There are some people who feel that quitting cold turkey, as they say, is the answer, there are others who feel that the medical professionals should step in and help the caffeine addict deal with the problems a person may experience when they quit consuming caffeine.
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