Why I chose to research coffee dependence
The biology behind it all
So the caffeine blocks that from happening, and your body is more alert for a few hours. While that happens, some of the brains natural stimulants such as dopamine work more effectively and the extra adenosine floating around the brain tells the adrenal glands to produce adrenaline, yet another stimulant. The more someone eats or drinks something containing caffeine, the brains chemistry and physical characteristics change over time & creates more adenosine so the brain stays at its new normal state because of constant intake which explains why normal coffee drinkers build up a tolerance to the caffeine. It also explains why giving up caffeine may trigger withdrawals such as fatigue and the dreaded caffeine withdrawal headache.
- It’s believed that some 3 out of 4 regular caffeine users are actually addicted to the substance.
- about 90% of Americans consume some amount of caffeine a day, mostly in the form of coffee.
- Caffeine is quite addictive in the sense that it is a psychoacive substance.
Impacts of Addiction
Benefits of not drinking coffee
- A Grande Starbucks Latte: $3.65 a day | $26 a week | $1,332 a year
**Two Starbucks Lattes per day would cost $2,665 a year!
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