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Do you have Caffeine Use Disorder?

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2014-02-01 15:32

Researchers of a new study are warning that regular consumption of coffee or sodas may lead to caffeine dependency, also known as “caffeine use disorder”.

According to the study, published in the Journal of Caffeine Research, an increasing number of people are becoming addicted to caffeinated beverages and are no longer able to cut back without experiencing unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal.

In a press release, American University psychology professor and study leader, Laura Juliano, stated that a lot of regular caffeine consumers typically struggle when trying to reduce their consumption because the withdrawal symptoms they experience while cutting back are so severe.

She added that, among both professionals and lay people alike, there is a misconception that giving up caffeine is easy to do – when, in fact, research shows that over half of regular coffee drinkers report having problems quitting or cutting back on the amount they drink.

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In this newest study, Juliano confirmed that she and her fellow researchers observed many regular caffeine consumers who were unable to quit or cut back caffeine on their own. By the same token, these caffeine-dependent individuals did report that they would be interested in an outside treatment program that, similar to a stop smoking or drinking program, could help them quit.

The results of the study were based on an analysis of research showing evidence that supported the existence of physical caffeine dependence among regular caffeine consumers, as well as the symptoms such consumers experienced as a result of caffeine dependence.

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Well Hell...First of all WHERE did you get that picture of me...and second of all this may be me. I have been drinking coffee since college. I even drank it during both of my pregnancies (explains a lot). I am cognitively not as alert, have headaches and my asthma is worse without it. When I did shift nursing I used to drink it by the pot. At least now I am down to 2-3 a cup a day. Geeze!
It's not a particularly pleasant withdrawal syndrome, but it's nonlethal and over in a few days. That said, 2-3 cups/day may be beneficial and sustainable for a lot of people. The shift work will have altered with your physiology a lot more, I'm afraid.
You might not have a problem with coffee, but with the milk in it. Most people do! The most common foods associated with asthma are: Eggs, Cow's milk, Peanuts, food coloring and MSG. Vitamin C supplement may reduce asthmatic symptoms as well. Sometimes spinal adjustments of T 2,3, and 4 may benefit.

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