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Is coffee addictive?

It seems like I need coffee every morning? Am I addicted? Is such a thing possible?

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As any coffee drinker can tell you, it is definitely addictive. I know people who simply cannot function in the morning without it. If they donít have it at home, they will go to the nearest store to get their fix. Most hardcore coffee drinkers are far beyond the eloquence of Starbucks. They prefer the thick, black richness and low price of convenience store coffee if they canít make it at home.

Researchers at John Hopkins University recently concluded a study that shows people who suffer from caffeine addiction, the active drug in coffee, suffer from withdrawal symptoms if they do not get their usual dose. These symptoms can be severe and include headache, muscle pain, vomiting, nausea, and depression. Personally, Iíve never met anyone who vomited from not drinking coffee, but I do not doubt that there is some extreme addict out there who does. The researchers stress that it is important to recognize that caffeine is a drug like any other, and just because it is legal does not mean it shouldnít be treated seriously. Coffee is also not the only caffeine-containing drink that people can get addicted to.

Other drinks such as soft drinks, energy drinks, and tea are just as addictive and can cause the same problems. Also, the more caffeine a person consumes daily, the worse the addiction. Problems are greatest when 4 or more cups of coffee are consumed per day. Caffeine is a stimulant and consuming too much can cause several side effects such as restlessness, dehydration, and heart arrhythmia in addition to the problem of addiction.

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