Assessment Task 4 Year 7 PDHPE
It is a drug like substance that has similar traits with other drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and amphetamines. Caffeine uses the same biochemical mechanisms to stimulate brain function.
Three main sources of caffeine are:
Comes from the seeds of a cacao plant. Is the source for chocolate.
Comes from the seed of a coffee plant. Is the source for coffee.
Comes from the leaves of a Camilia senesis plant. Is the source for tea.
Much of the modern population uses caffeine as a stimulant, to delay or prevent things such as fatigue. Caffeine is one of the most used psychoactive agent and drug in the world.
Caffeine was first extracted from coffee in 1821 and was originated in Ethiopia and was spread to Arabia and to the rest of the East. Then it later reached the Europeans and they invented coffee in 1573. Tea was later invented in 1657 and became very popular with the people of Europe. In the late 19th century energy drinks and chocolate type of products were crafted and they became big products.
Ethiopian Nomads discovered coffee through their animals. They would find that their animals would eat small berries, leaves, or seeds and would have more energy, so they tried the berries, leaves or seeds and they had the same effect.
Caffeine is also very easily accessed.
Short Term and Long Term Effects
When taken in small doses within 5-30 minutes effects such as feeling alert and active, restless, excitability, dizziness, anxiety, irritability, dehydration, higher body temperature, faster breathing and heart rate, headache and lack of concentration, and stomach pains can occur. When taken in large doses sometimes tremors, nausea and vomiting, irregular heart rate, confusion, panic attack, and seizures can occur.
Although once the caffeine is out of your system you will feel tired and lethargic.
If more than four cups of things including caffeine are consumed then you may eventually develop osteoporosis, High blood pressure and Heart Disease, Heartburn, Ulcers, Difficulty sleeping, Infertility (in men and women), Anxiety, Depression, dependence, and the need to use more.
Why People Chose to Use This Drug
Why People Chose Not to Use This Drug
What Makes This Drug Addictive
Some Suggestions to Reduce Their Intake
if this doesn't work you should seek advice personally from a health service.
Local Health Service-
To find more information go to http://nnswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/about/drug-alcohol-services/riverlands-drug-alcohol-centre/
Or contact 02 6620 7600