A sip of freshly brewed coffee is loved by many. Many people cannot just imagine the start of their day without it. But, are you amongst those who face difficulty in work when they don’t get to gulp down their favorite coffee? If yes, then you are not alone. There are many others like you. People tend to get a headache, feel irritated, and lose concentration when they don’t get their cuppa. In this blog, we are unfolding whether drinking coffee makes you addictive or not.
Before we delve into coffee, caffeine and whether or not it is addictive, let’s first understand the aftermath of caffeine consumption, you must know what caffeine is and why you crave for it.
What causes caffeine craving?
Caffeine is a stimulant. It stimulates the nervous system that helps in boosting the concentration power. It is also found to increase metabolism and enhance mood. It is found in many drinks like coffee, tea, soda and energy drinks. If you have read the bottles of energy drinks then you would have noticed that they too have high caffeine content in them. The reason such drinks have caffeine is that it keeps one energized and active. Coffee is also known to be high on caffeine. But the amount of caffeine may vary depending on the brand and type of coffee you choose.
Did you know that in the United States, more than 90% of the adults regularly drink beverages containing caffeine? Their daily consumption of caffeine per day must not exceed 400 mg, which is equal to 4 mugs of instant coffee.
Consuming coffee is not harmful if you consume it in moderate quantities but having it in high quantities for long can certainly result in addiction. It occurs because caffeine found in the drink brings about a chemical change which produces certain changes in the brain. When a person regularly consumes caffeine, they will require more and more caffeine to stay active. They feel lethargic after a few minutes of taking their last cup, and then crave for more. This tendency grows with time, leading to the development of addiction kind of state.
The Other Perspective
While the debate around coffee or caffeine consumption continues, many people have a different view on this. Caffeine indeed leads to the production of dopamine in the brain, but this is not the same as drugs. Hence, APA (American Psychiatric Association) doesn’t consider caffeine as a substance use disorder, but considers its withdrawal as a clinical condition. The World Health Organization (WHO) termed caffeine addiction as a clinical disorder in 2012.
Does coffee consumption have some benefits?
Well, consuming coffee in limited amount has some positive effects too. They include the following:
- Better brain function– Drinking coffee is found to be effective in improving alertness and increasing recall and reaction time.
- Good mood– Consuming coffee is found to be effective in keeping people energetic, enthusiastic and away from depression.
- Better metabolism– It has been found that consuming coffee increases metabolism significantly.
- Protection against heart diseases and diabetes- It has also been found that drinking coffee is found to be effective in preventing heart diseases and Type 2 diabetes.
Unlike other addictive substances, coffee comes with some health benefits. But addiction of anything is not recommended, and overconsumption has negative effects like irritable behavior and anxiety. So, if you limit your coffee consumption to 2-4 cups a day then it will be good for your health.