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Caffeine addiction

  1. 1. Caffeine Addiction By: Brianna Capone
  2. 2. What is Caffeine?  Caffeine is a bitter substance which occurs naturally in over 60 plants including:  Coffee beans  Tea leaves  Kola nuts  Man-made caffeine is added to other foods, drinks, and medicines too Source 5 &6
  3. 3. Is Caffeine Addictive?  Caffeine is a stimulant of the central nervous system  Regular use/consumption does cause mild physical dependence  Does not threaten one’s physical, social, or economic health in the way addictive drugs (i.e. heroin) do Sources 1 & 4
  4. 4. Reasons for Consumption  Increases alertness and provides a boost of energy  Prescribed medicine containing caffeine in order to treat tiredness/drowsiness  Can increase well-being, happiness, and sociability Sources 4, 5, & 6
  5. 5. Negative Effects of Caffeine  Caffeine effects individuals differently and can sometimes cause problems such as:         Jitteriness Increase heart rate Irregular sleep patterns, making it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep Cause uneven heart rhythms Raise blood pressure Headaches, nervousness, or dizziness Dehydration Cause dependency so one needs to take more of it to avoid withdrawal symptoms Source 2
  6. 6. Withdrawal Symptoms  On average if one consumes two or more cups of coffee per day and abruptly stops one may experience the following: Headache  Fatigue  Anxiety  Irritability  Depressed Mood  Difficulty concentrating  Source 1
  7. 7. Quote  “In North America between 80 and 90 percent of adults and children habitually consume caffeine.”  “Even bad coffee is better than no coffee at all.” − David Lynch Source 4
  8. 8. Tolerance  Those who consume caffeine on a day to day basis tend to build up a tolerance  Tolerance means that one’s body is becoming used to the drug  Unable to experience or unresponsive to the “good effects” of being more alert, awake, and able to concentrate  In order to experience the “good effects” again one must use more caffeine Sources 4 & 5
  9. 9. When to Take Precautions  Those with heart problems/conditions should not consume caffeine  It makes their heart work too hard  Individuals with anxiety or who experience panic attacks  May make them feel worse  Pregnant women should consume caffeine in moderation, avoid large amounts Source 5
  10. 10. Video Time http://www.webmd.com/diet/video/truthabout-coffee Source 3
  11. 11. Agreed vs. Disagreed  Physical dependence is not equivalent to addiction  Coffee contains a lot of antioxidants  2-4 cups per day is a safe amount   Coffee increases sociability (varies from person to person) It can overtime effect one economically depending on how frequent one feels the need to purchase caffeine Sources 1 & 6
  12. 12. Discussion Question  Based off the information presented, do you believe that you are “addicted” to caffeine? Why or why not?  If so, have you even experienced any of the withdrawal symptoms once you stopped drinking coffee?
  13. 13. Conclusions  Overall, caffeine can lead to a mild form of physical dependence but when consumed in moderation it tends to yield more positive results than negative.  Be aware of how much caffeine is in the foods and beverages we consume on a daily basis
  14. 14. References 1 Caffeine Facts: Addiction, Insomnia, Pregnancy Effects, and More. (n.d.). WebMD. Retrieved January 26, 2014, from http://www.webmd.com/balance/caffeinemyths-and-facts 2 Caffeine: MedlinePlus. (2012). U.S National Library of Medicine. Retrieved January 26, 2014, from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/caffeine.html 3 Coffee's Health Benefits - Watch WebMD Video. (n.d.). WebMD. Retrieved January 26, 2014, from http://www.webmd.com/diet/video/truth-about-coffee 4 Information about caffeine dependence. (2003). Information about caffeine dependence. Retrieved February 1, 2014, from http://www.caffeinedependence.org/caffeine_dependence.html 5 Medicines and Drugs: What's Helpful, What's Harmful . (2012). Background. Retrieved January 26, 2014, from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/brainpower/grades-2-3/medicines-drugs-whats-helpful-whats-harmful-module4/background my Home: 6 Medicines in 2014, from Caffeine and Your Body. (2007). MedlinePlus. Retrieved January 26, http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsing MedicineSafely/UnderstandingOver-the-CounterMedicines/UCM205286.pdf

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