Have you ever been so tired that you’ve dozed off at work? Or tried to stop yourself from falling asleep while you’re driving or even worse – got caught sleeping in class? These instances could have been prevented by doing what 90% of Americans do every day – by consuming CAFFEINE. If anyone here feels you can’t make it though your day without a cup of coffee, you are probably addicted to it (I’ll discuss more on that later). Here’s an interesting fact: both words caffeine and coffee are derived from the Arabic word “QAHWEH.” The origins of the words reflect the spread of the beverage into Europe through Arabia and Turkey from North-East Africa. Coffee began to be very popular in Europe in the 17th century and today it’s the most popular
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When ingested, it stimulates all areas of the brain. It energizes your body by triggering the release of adrenaline into your bloodstream, while blocking an enzyme in your brain that causes you to feel tired called adenosine. It also raises the blood sugar levels in the brain, resulting in increased neural activity. Howstuffworks.com goes on to say that caffeine can sharpen thinking when you’re tired, boost alertness and improve physical speed and endurance. In the book “Contemporary Nutrition” it says that higher doses in the 200-800mg range can cause negative effects such as nervousness, anxiety, increased blood pressure and dehydration. Although caffeine’s effects are milder than amphetamines, cocaine and heroin, it does manipulate the same channels of the brain and that is one of the things that give caffeine its addictive quality.
Since caffeine can be considered a stimulant drug, the way it can become addicting needs to be explained.
There are many reasons why caffeine can be an addictive stimulant, making it even more popular. The Alcoholism & Drug Addiction Research Foundation of Toronto, Canada claims the regular use of more than 350mg of caffeine (that’s 4-5 cups of coffee) a day can cause a