Why Is Coffee So Addictive?

By: Don McKay

Millions around the world consume coffee. It has been well documented that coffee also helps you to stay awake. Is there an addiction to coffee that we are not aware of? Well, if you are dependant on a chemical then you will become sick from not being able to take it. This sickness I am referring to is called with drawls. A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that when some regular coffee drinkers are suddenly deprived of their morning coffee, they usually get headaches. Fatigue and depression are usually associated with coffee with drawls, and many people are unable to function at their usual level of efficiency. Students have trouble learning and writers may have trouble concentrating. An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association described one worker who made errors that cost thousands and another who kept her head on the desk trying to catch a nap. Most of the people withdrawing from coffee went to bed early as if they just ran out of gas.

Is it really the coffee that keeps them going? Well, that all depends on many factors, and the main factor is the amount of coffee consumed. Most people who drink a cup or two in the morning are less likely to feel drained if they miss their fix the next day. Those who drink 4 to 10 cups a day may crash and burn (figuratively speaking) without their coffee. Why is that? Is the reason caffeine consumption? Coffee contains a large amount of caffeine. The more coffee you drink the more antsy you will become. You may have the shakes, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, or insomnia from consuming to much caffeine. What is it about coffee that makes people over consume it? It may be the stimulation one receives you know that burst of fast energy that coffee gives you after you wake up. After all a cup of coffee has been called a cup of ambition. It seems to motivate people to start their day. Can this be a mental addiction?

Mental addiction is defined as if one believes that he or she is addicted to something with no real basis, so they become mentally addicted. If you switch your coffee to decaf and do not tell anyone you did it then if they say “this coffee taste different” you say, “it is a new brand of coffee” they may function just as well as if they had the real thing. A study in a college in Pennsylvania showed that students at a party who thought they were drinking alcoholic beverages were just as drunk as those who really were. Why? The students were stimulated with the thought of getting drunk. This profound experiment proved that the mind is fully capable of fooling itself into believing something that is not true. If you see it then it is real. If you smell it then it is real. If you taste it then it is real. Non-alcoholic beer looks, smells, and tastes just like regular alcoholic beer. This same theory can also be applied to caffeine drinks. Right? Decaffeinated soft drinks taste horrible, but decaf coffee tastes close enough to the real thing. Take the test and see if your coffee is truly addictive, or is it mental. You may be surprised at the results.

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Don is a long time golfer that loves the game of golf so much that he wants to share his love of golf with the world. Join his mailing list at www.egolfplace.com

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