Addicted to Coffee?


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8AM's and 9:05AM's are hard enough but when I don't wake up early enough to grab a coffee from The Mix or Starbucks, it is nearly impossible for me to keep my eyes open in class.  Sometimes I get headaches if I don't get my cup of coffee but I tell myself that after class, I'll get some coffee and everything will be alright.  
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So my question is that is coffee addictive?

The 'active ingredient' (as medical writers put it) in coffee is caffeine.  You can become 'dependent' on caffeine and develop something called caffeinism.   Caffeinism is the combination of caffeine dependence with physical and mental difficulties from anxiety to something called psychomotor agitation.

Caffeine can lead to difficulties with medical conditions related to the increased production of stomach acid. It's possible to become intoxicated by caffeine, but it's not going to kill you unless you have 80 to 100 cups of coffee in a limited time frame, and this depends on other factors as well.

In conclusion, the occasional cup of coffee is okay but when anytime you feel yourself getting addicted to any sort of substance, a break from it is most likely needed.  Although I do not see myself being addicted, I definitely do need a jump-start in the morning to be able to focus in class and get my work done in a timely manner.  As long as drinking coffee is not tooooo excessive, I'm going to stick with my daily cup.

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It seems to me that there are hundreds, maybe thousands of people on campus who need their 'fix' of coffee everyday. Do you think that if there was an alternate source of 'pick-me-up' without caffeine it would change you or other peoples daily consumption of coffee, or do you think the 'addiction' has already taken control?

I think that if there was an alternate source of a 'pick-me-up' that kids would try it out. I think that kids are attracted to coffee due to the fact that it gives them a 'kick' to start the day and get work done. I personally do not think its the taste of coffee that kids are attracted to it, its more the kick. So I do think it would change the amount of coffee people drink but that is just my opinion.

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