Caffeine: The Boost That Becomes A Lie

Caffeine - The Boost That Becomes A Lie

We love our caffeine so much that it is the most heavily abused drug on the planet. Unfortunately, there are severe, undeniable side effects to being addicted, and if you feel you can not get through your day without it, you are a caffeine addict.

I was feeling crappy for a while and I knew caffeine abuse had a lot to do with it. So I asked: “How much is too much?”  Thankfully, the effects of heavy, prolonged caffeine use have been, and still are, heavily researched.

If you take in more than 600mg a day, you are likely to suffer from one or all of the following symptoms:

  1. Insomnia
  2. Nervousness
  3. Restlessness
  4. Irritability
  5. Stomach upset
  6. Fast heartbeat
  7. Muscle tremors
  8. Trouble staying awake during the day

There is even better news! You build a tolerance to Caffeine after about 18 days of prolonged heavy caffeine use, getting you to a point where you need more and more just to feel “normal.” 

But wait, there’s more!  Before you even stop ingesting it, you get to deal with withdrawal.

Withdrawal starts kicking sometime DURING the 8 hours after your last cup of joe (the science is a bit heavy as to when and how this happens, but you definitely get to start feeling it before the 8 hours are up).  As you are waiting for your next fix, you get to deal with:

  1. Headaches
  2. Difficulty concentrating
  3. Difficulty sleeping
  4. Pain in the stomach and joints
  5. Poorer academic performance

For more reading on the effects of caffeine overuse, I recommend the following articles:

What the Mayo Clinic has to say on the subject

Some information from a Johns Hopkinss study on it

Caffeine content of some popular Starbucks drinks

A great site geared towards education and contact information for support groups

An interesting summary of a lot of studies (A bit out of date, but still very relevant) 

Post ItWhen abused, caffeine is a focus KILLER!
Dave Domzalski

P.S.: Sean Finter will be speaking in Baton Rouge tomorrow, Thursday, July 17.