“We want to do a lot of stuff; we’re not in great shape. We didn’t get a good night’s sleep. We’re a little depressed. Coffee solves all these problems in one delightful little cup” – Jerry Seinfeld
on’t you love that daily visit to CCD, walking to work, driving to the field or after a tiring day full of classes? Coffee seems to light up our day.
The average coffee consumption is 1.5 cups per person in India. It might keep you up through those physics lectures or your boring board meetings but too much caffeine has an adverse effect on your health.
Many popular scientists have even compared the effects of coffee to that of cocaine. Let’s break down what it means for you and your daily habit.
Effects of Coffee
Caffeine affects everyone differently, depending on their height, weight and health. It also depends on what you are taking with and how used you are to it. Coffee is popularly known to make you more active and alert. Although some of the adverse effects can last for about 30 mins to 12 hours. Some of the effects include restlessness, anxiety, dizziness, irritability, dehydration and faster breathing. Strong evidence also shows that caffeine can also lead to lack of concentration. Scientists also caution that young age group must not indulge in drinking coffee as it can lead to sleep-related problems.
These issues have been found to be common in people who take marijuana, cocaine & other similar drugs.
Can one really overdose on caffeine?
Many pieces of research also find fatal effects of caffeine if taken in uncontrolled amounts. Consuming more than 32 ounces of caffeine a day can lead to dramatic health effects and consumption of 5g of caffeine can lead to death. Overdose symptoms include nausea, tremors, faster heart rate, panic/anxiety attacks and seizures. If you experience these symptoms, you must call an ambulance right away.
Just like drugs, caffeine or caffeinated drinks at times also act as an addiction to the extent that people stop functioning without them. Long-term problems also include infertility, heart disease and depression. So, we recognize that coffee has a tremendous amount of side effects, but this doesn’t stop us from consuming it.
Is Coffee as bad as a drug?
Coffee might sound super scary at this point in the conversation, but caffeine addiction is not as bad as a drug addiction. A couple of cups spread out over our working week is just the fine amount of coffee you can consume. Even having a cup every day is not harmful. Also if you feel you are addicted, breaking your addiction is not as tough as drug or alcohol addiction. You can start by replacing coffee with apple juice.
Surprisingly, it’s not just coffee we need to cut down on, it is also the plethora of energy drinks available.
So don’t drop that cup you are drinking right now, just think before you buy another one.