Caffeine… Additive or Addictive?

Caffeine helps many people get through their day. How many people do you see that need to have coffee everyday? Caffeine is also considered a drug, and it is used more than any other drug in the world. People hear the word drug and get scared, but different people have different definitions of the word drug. Just because it is considered a drug doesn’t mean caffeine is bad for you.

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One of the main sources of caffeine is coffee. Coffee has many positive effects on our body. Some studies found that coffee helps in the prevention of strokes and some cancers. This is very important considering how prevalent cancer is these days. It also can lessen our chances of getting Parkinson’s or dementia. Many people worry about cancer, so maybe coffee will help. The issue is most of the positive effects of coffee are because it is made from beans. Actual caffeine though has been thought to lower someone’s chances of having Alzheimer’s.  I found this interesting since Alzheimer’s is the most prevalent type of dementia, so maybe caffeine is a part of the reason why coffee can lessen our chances of getting dementia.

Caffeine isn’t all good news though. Caffeine is always safe in moderation, but too much can be a problem. Caffeine is also addictive which isn’t very good because if you go without caffeine you can have symptoms such as headaches. Caffeine can also lead to insomnia if too much is consumed. This is a big issue especially in college where sleep is very important. For women, caffeine can be especially dangerous. An excess of caffeine can cause a miscarriage.

Caffeine like many things has its good and bad. I personally think the bad outweighs the good. A person should watch their caffeine intake. I think that the addictive part of caffeine is the worst. I don’t want my body to become dependent on caffeine. My roommate suffers from headaches on days that he doesn’t have at least 3 sodas because he is dependent on caffeine. This is something I don’t want to have to deal with, so I’m gonna watch my caffeine.

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5 thoughts on “Caffeine… Additive or Addictive?

  1. lkr5215

    It is a interesting take on the topic of caffeine. I am not a coffee lover but I am addicted to drinking the occasional soda and having a cup of tea. I learned many things I did not know about caffeine the only thing I really hear about it is that its bad for you and its addicting. I haven’t had anyone go into detail about everything involving caffeine.

    Maybe this will help you have more information on how caffeine effects the body.

  2. Imaani Allen

    I never knew that caffeine was considered a drug. I know that it is in everything that we drink like soda and coffee. My friend loves to have a cup of coffee everyday she said that she needs it in order to function. That’s scary because there are a lot of people out there that cannot make it through the morning without having some sort of caffeine. We have become a caffeine dependent nation.

  3. Naseem Memari

    I was going to do a blog on this but I really didn’t want to see too many stats on how bad caffeine from coffee or espresso could be! I am guilty of drinking lattes on the daily, and I count myself proud if I don’t have one for the day. I think this blog was a good write-up on the subject, and I was able to learn a lot.

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