Caffeine Addiction

Savannah Hayes

History

Originally coffee was eaten. African tribes mixed coffee berries with fat which formed edible energy balls. It is said that a man discovered coffee after noticing one of his goats, upon eating berries from a tree, became so spirited and did not want to sleep at night. It was introduced around the 15th century. Coffee seeds were first exported from Ethiopia to Yemen. The Arabs were the first to begin trading coffee.

Biology

Caffeine is the commonplace central nervous system stimulant drug which occurs in nature as part of caffeine. Caffeine blocks adenosine receptors A and A2A. Adenosine is a by-product of cellular activity, and stimulation of adenosine receptors produces feelings of tiredness and the need to sleep. The reason people get addicted to coffee is because caffeine has the ability to block these receptors meaning that ones' body has the ability to create higher levels of dopamine and norepinephrine.

Impacts of being addicted

Being addicted to coffee alters ones' mood and behavior significantly. People who drink coffee often become fatigued which can impact their life to not stay active. If one is not active then they are more likely to put on weight. Being moody can affect mental processes because you may be apt to overanalyze situations. Coffee can me detrimental to ones' health if they do not monitor their intake. Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts are keep on adding sugar to there drinks putting people at more risk for Type II diabetes.

Why I chose this topic?

I chose this topic simply because I am addicted to coffee myself. What interests me about coffee is how many million americans are hooked on caffeine. I usually drink coffee 3-4 times a week. I have experienced most of the with drawl symptoms myself. For example, I always feel tired and often get headaches after I drink coffee. I actually ended up going to the doctors office because I was experience anxiety attacks daily during the middle of the school year. I had no idea what was triggering them, and my doctor told me it was due to the excessive amount of caffeine I intake (from coffee). So I ended up taking coffee out of my diet for a month and never had another anxiety attack.

Interesting Facts

-The National Institute for Environmental and Health Sciences claimed that women who consumed at least one cup of coffee per day were half as likely to become pregnant than women who did not drink coffee.


-Drinking four or more cups of coffee a day increases your risk for mouth and throat cancer significantly

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