Every morning, I either have a hot mocha chalk-full of espresso or a chilled coffee drink. Unfortunately, this has become an expensive habit; and I crave the taste and the energy level. In fact, on the days I am cold turkey, I feel moody, my energy level sinks and headaches increase. Could I be addicted to caffeine?
The answer is yes!
“Caffeine alters mood and behavior, and it can also result in physical dependence, says Roland Griffiths, a professor in the departments of psychiatry and neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. ‘People are hesitant to think of it as a drug of addiction because it doesn’t have a lot of the health and adverse social consequences associated with our classic drugs of addiction, yet the basic mechanisms by which it hooks people are very much like our classic drugs of addiction,’ he says.” *
I have given up soda and drink lots of water throughout the day. But I still need that caffeine fix in the morning. Maybe decaffeinated tea would give me the boost I need? We shall see.
Are you an addict too?
*US News & World Report