Caffeine Addictions

By Naisha G.

What are the Causes of Caffeine Addiction?

There are two categories : Drug dependence and Drug Addiction. Caffeine usually falls under the category of dependence. If you are dependent on a drug, you need it to function normally. If you are addicted, you use it even if you experience dangerous or negative consequences. The causes of addiction are :

  • Habit - Enjoying caffeine might lead to consuming it daily.
  • Decreased negative effects - It increases alertness at a first few times.

  • Temporary withdrawal effects - The grogginess you feel in the morning might be due to lack of caffeine, not true exhaustion.

  • Severe withdrawal effects - When you miss your regular dose, you will experience withdrawal effects and want to go back to caffeine.

Who is at risk from Caffeine Addiction?

Everyone is at risk from caffeine. 70% of the soft drinks we drink contain caffeine. It has some unpleasant side effects.It is estimated that in North America between 80 and 90 percent of adults and children habitually consume caffeine.

Symptoms of Caffeine addiction.

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of sleep
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Impairment in psychomotor, vigilance and cognitive performances

These are a few of the symptoms for addiction of caffeine.

Treatments/Prevention for Caffeine Addiction

There aren't exactly treatments for caffeine addiction but only way to go will be self-control. If you know that you are exceeding the limit then stop. These are four easy steps to help you control your addiction:

  • Start slowly - Many doctors say that stopping abruptly is a bad idea as it has some effects.
  • Stick to the schedule - Since this pattern oftentimes gives structure to your day, you’ll miss it much more if you cut it out completely.
  • Try sipping an expresso shot - If you really crave the taste of a strong coffee then try expresso as it only has half of the caffeine as the regular coffee.
  • Keep an eye on the clock - Keep Track when you consume caffeine.