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Coffee not addictive!
Dan
Caffeine's Effects are Addictive?

People often say they are "addicted" to caffeine in much the same way they say they are "addicted" to shopping, working or television. The term "addiction" actually refers to a strong dependence on a drug characterized by severe withdrawal symptoms, tolerance to a given dose and the loss of control or the need to consume more and more of the substance at any cost. Addicts tend to exhibit anti-social behavior or even commit crimes to perpetuate the abuse. Consumers of caffeine-containing beverages do not fall into this category. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (1994), a document that characterizes various addictions, does not list caffeine as a substance that causes addiction. According to the World Health Organization, "There is no evidence whatsoever that caffeine use has even remotely comparable physical and social consequences which are associated with serious drugs of abuse." Source: http://www.coffeefair.com/coffee-myths.htm
 
ginny
There are more coffee drug addicts in the US than drug addicts of any other kind.
Charles F. Withal

Caffeine is the Christian drug of preference. Drink a glass of red wine or light up a cigarette during Sunday Night Fellowship Hour, and you will be thrown out on your ear. But a two-hundred-gallon pot of black adrenal-rush will bring friendly smiles of delight. The meeting would not be the same with the absence of its nutty aroma filling the church basement. Little white Styrofoam cups floating in small clusters of heavenly conversation.

Caffeine is highly addictive. Quitting coffee can cause withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, sleepiness and irritability. The acidic nature of coffee can lead to stomach ulcers. When the excess acid enters the bloodstream, it also increases calcium loss in urine. Both coffee and tea have no nutritional value. Tannin, the substance that makes tea cups brown and coats tea pots, is used for tanning leather. Imagine the stomach after twenty years of tea drinking.

Coca Cola put cocaine in their drink at the turn of the century. It sold extremely well. Some consumers succumbed to the addictive quality of cocaine and started to drink undiluted Cola syrup. When cocaine was banned for use in soft drink the bottlers switched to caffeine. The top selling soft drinks are loaded with caffeine: Coca Cola, 62 mg; Mountain Dew, 49 mg; and TAB, 45 mg. Similarly, instant coffee contains 66 mg per cup.

On those warm summer days, young children can drink large amounts of caffeinated pop. Children with half the adult weight and three times the sensitivity. One can of cola for them is equivalent to 3 cups of instant coffee for an adult. Caffeine, combined with sugar, salt, and a diet high in synthetic food, creates one unmanageable youngster.

Caffeine is also be found in cold remedies, diet pills, wake-up pills, chocolate, and pain killers. Over the counter and prescription pain killers will add to your caffeine quota: Excedrin, 65 mg; Midol, 32 mg; Anacin, 32 mg; Darvon Compound, 32 mg; and Fiorinal, 32 mg. Instead of healing the cold, caffeine slows down the elimination of mucus and destroys vitamin C.

In a survey, the four top reasons for people quitting coffee were: central nervous system disorders, 39%; gastrointestinal problems, 37%; to break the addiction, 19%; and fibrocystic breast tumors, 15%.

Monkeys are sensitive creatures. During the Boer War, the enemies of the British often poisoned their food supplies. Soldiers used monkeys to test the food. They chose what to eat by holding the food to their lower jaw and if the food was poisoned, the monkey would throw it away. A natural health practitioner, fascinated by the account, decided to test baboons to see if they had a similar ability. An apple was injected with strong coffee by a hypodermic needle. Two apples were given, the untouched apple was eaten hungrily by one baboon, a second baboon received the injected apple. He held it to his jaw, let out an angry screeching sound then tried to attack the experimenter. When he was given a good apple he went off to the corner and ate happily.

Caffeine is able to penetrate deep into vital tissue. Evidence shows that it may be linked to male infertility and also birth defects by passing through the placenta. Drinking coffee during breast feeding will cause caffeine to be present in mothers' milk.

Caffeine has a powerful effect on coronary arteries and the pulmonary and systemic vessels, causing a greater flow of blood to the heart muscle, but decreasing the flow of blood to the brain by constricting cerebral blood vessels. Caffeine can cause abnormally fast, abnormally slow and irregular heart beats. It also wreaks havoc on blood pressure, commonly producing hypertension. Coffee has been linked to heart disease, pancreas and bladder cancer, and hypoglycemia.

Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant, providing that familiar kick on which we have come to depend. But as with all stimulants, there is a price to be paid. If you run the body on overdrive for an extended period of time by artificially stimulating the adrenals, expect breakdown to occur.


ginny

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dBndbit
Hey, if it weren't for caffeine the early humans would never have launched themselves out of Africa 2,000,000 years ago. Civilization is a direct result of caffeine addiction... Wait, no, that doesn't make sense. The people who left Africa couldn't grow any more coffee. So civilization must be a direct result of grouchy caffeine withdrawal!!!

Ginny, I don't know this guy Withal you quote. But he seems to be associated with a group of health nuts that want us to live long healthy lives, and also eat nothing but fruit juice. What a crazy idea!!! If we lived any longer we'd just hang around annoying our kids, outlive our retirement money, ruin the economy, and be miserable regretting the mistakes of our youth even longer!

I think caffeine use should be required.

Jim
11 years old... forever!
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seedlings
Next you'll have "roaster shops" popping up where there are 4 unventilated roasters going all the time with the windows closed and blinds pulled and everyone inhaling first and second hand caffeine smoke!

Um, this counts as a poor man's copyright, doesn't it? 'Cause I ain't missing out on all the fat cash from that business venture!

CHAD
Roaster: CoffeeAir II 2# DIY air roaster
Grinder: Vintage Grindmaster 500
Brewers: Vintage Cory DCU DCL, Aeropress, Press, Osaka Titanium pourover
 
Island Addict
I tried quitting coffee on several occasions, and once made it almost 6 months with nothing more than a couple of cups of green tea. It was the worst time in my life.

Quitting was very difficult. I experienced severe headaches, irritability, and loss of energy and appetite. The headaches lasted for three or four weeks. A single cup of coffee was all it took to make the headaches stop. I've been drinking heavily for the last five years, usually 2 double cappucinos in the morning, a couple of brewed cups in the afternoon, and several single espressos later in the day.

Hello, my name is Rob, and I'm a coffee addict.
 
Dan
LOL! Funny, Rob! In science they would say your evidence was anecdotal. An n=1 has no statistical significance. Are you saying the WHO is wrong?
 
Kaffee Bitte
Dependence is the issue with caffeine. Addiction and the withdrawals that go along with the removal of it can actually be fatal for some people. Dependence means the body grows used to a substance and will react with cravings and very minor withdrawal symptoms. You won't have much more than headaches and slowed metabolism with caffeine. Therefor it is not "addictive" in the true meaning of the word. The article was correct it just sounds like they didn't explain the meanings of the words well enough.
Lynn

"Some days it's spice, other days it's bitter dirt."
 
seedlings
I started with Withal's Coke-a-Cola, but wasn't fortunate enough to catch the bonafide cocaine addative, so just the caffeine and sugar, 64oz to 128oz (add the afternoon refill) a day, back in the 1990s. I graduated to Diet Coke, 44oz several times per week, about 5 years ago, then ADDED coffee for a Diet Coke+Coffee tag team about 2 years ago. On occasion I'll substitute Diet Dr. Pepper, but always coffee. (The Conoco closest to my house just gives my wife and I free fountain drinks now.) I actually like to sip back and forth from cold Diet Coke and hot Coffee.

I'm unapologetic and I'll never know that I'm addicted because I don't plan to stop! Think of all the jobs lost if we stop consuming caffeine?!? I'm saving the economy!

Hello, my name is CHAD, and I'm a caffeine consumer.

[dismounts soap box]
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Grinder: Vintage Grindmaster 500
Brewers: Vintage Cory DCU DCL, Aeropress, Press, Osaka Titanium pourover
 
dBndbit
If I can manage to be serious for a minute (not likely) I'd like to defend the respectable coffee bean against outdated opinions and outright myths.

Truth is: coffee with caffeine is good for you.

Coffee the primary source of antioxidants:
http://www.physor...s6067.html

Studies quoted by Coffee Science show that: 1) coffee protects nerve cells, 2) antioxidant content is reduced in dark roasts, 3) brewed coffee has 2-3 times the antioxidant effect of either green or black tea, 4) coffee chaff is better dietary fiber than oatmeal, and 5) the antioxidants in coffee are strongly effective.

Other studies shown on Coffee Science describe the preventative effects of coffee for both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. So now the extreme source of antioxidants - the green coffee bean - has become the latest health food additive: Applied Food Science.

But there's a real down-side to all this good news. Sales and marketing experts recognize that certain products have had historically strong sales far beyond what could be expected from a purely rational analysis of the product. I mean products like booze and cigarettes. The explanation is well known. These products sell because they are perceived to be bad for you! We interpret the motive by thinking that the "bad" products are only for adults, being able to do something bad being the prerogative of an adult who can "handle" it. It makes us feel mature.

From a marketing perspective, if everybody realizes that coffee is actually good for you, sales will drop. So don't tell anybody!!!!

Whew! OK, now I'll stop being serious.
Jim
11 years old... forever!
ReeferDoor.com
>home-built roasters and fair trade
 
EddieDove
Great post, Jim!

And for more good news about the positive benefits of coffee:
http://www.positi...offee.com/
Respectfully,

Eddie Dove

The South Coast Coffee Roaster
vita non est vivere sed valere vita est
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John Despres
Since coffee is neither illegal or immoral, I don't plan on making any changes whatsoever to my consuming habits for whatever reason may come along.

Harumph.

Besides, I just brewed my second pot in my new Technivorm. I have a lot of brewing to do!
Respect the bean.
John Despres
Fresh Roast 8, Gene Cafe, JYTT 1k, Quest M3, Mazzer Mini, Technivorm, various size presses and many more brewers.
 
Dan
I'm with you John! I'm not a coffee apologist, just a coffee hobbyist.
 
redzone
Amen to John and Dan B)
Edited by redzone on 09/17/2008 11:18 PM
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John Despres
"Corretto Roaster" - Made me look it up. Heat gun, bread machine.

Bonzer, mate! Ripper!
Edited by John Despres on 09/21/2008 7:09 PM
Respect the bean.
John Despres
Fresh Roast 8, Gene Cafe, JYTT 1k, Quest M3, Mazzer Mini, Technivorm, various size presses and many more brewers.
 
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