Caffeine is in many drinks that young adults drink today. Mainly in coffee and soda. In fact 68% of Americans say they are hooked on caffeine. Caffeine is a chemical compound found in plants. It is found in many drinks but sometimes in powder or pills.

Uses of Caffeine

Caffeine is shown to improve memory, decrease fatigue, and improve brain function. It is also used in pain killers to increase the pills effectiveness.

Short Term Effects

Caffeine causes the body to have to urinate more. Also, it increases attentiveness but, if taken before going to sleep, it may disrupt a person's sleeping patterns. When taken in large doses, it causes tension and nervousness. If taken when pregnant, it increases the chance of miscarriage.

Long Term Effects

Caffeine is additive. When constantly consumed, the body builds up tolerance and also becomes dependent on it. This causes the "good" effects of caffeine to lessen. A person experiencing this then needs to increase the amount of caffeine consumed in order to have these "good" effects again. If the intake of caffeine is stopped, it can cause the body to experience a crash. This can cause irritability.

Did you know?

  • It is possible to over dose on caffeine. It causes something similar to intoxication.
  • An over dose of caffeine can be fatal.
  • Caffeine can help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.