Caffeine Addiction

It may be a bit surprising to hear, but I have never been a big coffee drinker.

Even when I moved to Seattle, where I lived for 2 ½ years, I never really got into the whole “I have to buy a cup of coffee every day”.  While it’s true that there are coffee shops just steps away from you at all times, I never found a need to go get coffee every day.  Sure, they were great meeting spots.  Yes, I had some every now and then.  But my morning never revolved around a cup of joe.

So this article was really interesting to me:
Caffeine addicts get no real perk from morning cup

Basically, the article boils down to the following: “Although frequent consumers feel alerted by caffeine, especially by their morning tea, coffee, or other caffeine-containing drink, evidence suggests that this is actually merely the reversal of the fatiguing effects of acute caffeine withdrawal.”

Apparently, the caffeine brings frequent consumers back to the level that they would have been at had they not been hooked on caffeine in the first place.

This may be totally inconsequential to many of you.  I do realize how much routine means to some – it means a LOT to me.  But if you are interested in lowering the caffeine that you take in every day, I would suggest doing it slowly.  Wean yourself off as opposed to making a huge jump off the caffeinated cliff.

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