I remember the first day I tried a cup of coffee, I made a face of disgust. I never thought I could drink it at all within my life, but my mom kept telling me to wait- I would be addicted to her one day. Consequently, she was 100% right. If I had to endure a day without a cup of coffee, it will most likely be a huge struggle. When I was in the 6th grade, I recall learning from my drug abuse program that a drug was defined as anything that you could form a dependence on, and caffeine fell under that category. I finally developed a taste for coffee, and I now crave it at all times. I know I am not alone, and millions of other people around the world share the same addiction.
The effects of coffee definitely have had mostly positive effects on me (from what I know). It wakes me up in the morning, gives me a wave of energy, and boots my morale. However sometimes it may give me a little “too much” energy. If coffee is iced, I tend to chug it down fast, and my body shakes. Sometimes I even get a headache. Also, If I drink coffee a few hours before I am trying to go to bed, falling asleep can be a challenge.
So should I keep drinking it?
According to a study at Syracuse University, researchers performed an experimental study on a group of people manipulating the amount of caffeine ingested. Some were given a caffeine drink, while others were given a placebo one. The people that had the caffeine performed better at the given task, but the group that was given the fake caffeine still reported that they felt the effects. Caffeine definitely has similar effects as other drugs and alcohol on people’s bodies and brains.
According to a researcher at John Hopkins, caffeine can make someone anxious, increase blood sugar levels, and negatively affect the stomach. This definitely does not sound enjoyable. However, scientists have done studies that provide evidence that coffee can decrease one’s risk of type 2 diabetes and some cancers.
There is no definite answer whether coffee is “good” or “bad” for your health. There are studies that try to support both sides, but it is really up to each individual person to decide if the pros override the cons, or vice versa. Personally, I will take the risks because I enjoy drinking coffee every day, and the caffiene makes me feel energized. Everyone’s body and mind are very different, therefore their reactions will be too.