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Caffeine Addiction Is Real and May be an Issue for Millions of People

Consumption of drinks containing caffeine is unregulated by law and is nearly universal in the United States; one well-known textbook of pharmacology refers to caffeine as “the most widely used psychoactive drug in the world. On an average, more than 120, 000 tons of caffeine is consumed by people across the globe every year.

Just when you thought it was safe to indulge in caffeine without worry, evidence suggests that caffeine addiction is real and something heavy caffeine users should be mindful of. Researchers agree that regular caffeine use triggers a physical dependence, a mild form of addiction. Some heavy caffeine users grow irritable, get headaches, or experience lethargy when they can’t get coffee, soft drink, tea, energy drink or some other source of caffeine. These are the tell-tale signs of caffeine addiction along nausea, depressed mood, vomiting and even muscle pain and stiffness.

Believe it or not there is a movement to include the effects of caffeine withdrawal as a definite psychological disorder classified in the next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder.

There are other reasons why curbing caffeine consumption is becoming a wise choice. Caffeine use can be expensive especially when times are tight. Also, coffee drinking is now tied to urinary incontinence in men. A new study has revealed that men who consume about two cups of coffee per day, or the equivalent amount of caffeine, a more likely to experience incontinence or a “leaky bladder” than men who drink less or none at all. The study conducted by University of Alabama faculty which surveyed over 5,000 men proved that the men who consumed the most caffeine were more likely to have a leaky bladder that those who consumed the least or none at all.

There are other dangers associated with high levels of caffeine consumption, energy drinks which are loaded with caffeine, can cause cardiac arrest even in young and otherwise healthy patients. Last year alone about 20,000 emergency room visits were attributed to energy drinks.

So, do you know how to quit using caffeine once you’ve begun using it and maybe even are addicted to it? Treatment of caffeine-related disorders entails lowering consumption levels or abstaining from foods or beverages containing caffeine. You may experience mild withdrawal symptoms that include headaches, irritability, and occasionally nausea, but these are usually resolved quickly.

So dear readers, please beware. Caffeine addiction is very real and so are the dangers that are associated with excessive caffeine consumption. However, you can cut back or stop all together. If you consume caffeine on a daily basis, you may want to consider cutting back or quitting altogether before it’s too late.

 

Sources:

Paddock, Catharine. “Coffee Drinking Tied To Urinary Incontinence In Men.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon International, 17 Jan. 2013. Web. 17 Jan. 2013.

Studeville, George. “Caffeine Addiction Is a Mental Disorder, Doctors Say.” National Geographic. National Geographic Society, 19 Jan. 2005. Web. 17 Jan. 2013.

“Mental Disorders.” Caffeine-related Disorders. Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2013.

 

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Kevin Giles is a product of Santa Cruz, CA – the stoner capitol of the world. A born again Christian, Kevin loves his Lord Jesus and believes that his purpose in life is determined by God. He first entered drug recovery at the age of 19, suffering from an addiction to marijuana. He is a recent graduate of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, where he earned his Master’s degree in Christian Ministry. Passionate about God’s Word, he aspires to become a pastor or missionary. Kevin has also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from California State University, Monterey Bay. His interests include traveling, movies, golf, fitness and reading. He also enjoys being outdoors as well as spending time with friends and family. Kevin’s faith, education and life experience give him a unique perspective on addiction, recovery and spirituality.

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