Do you ever wonder whether you could be addicted to caffeine? These four warning signs, taken from Stephen Cherniske’s book “Caffeine Blues” (pages 41-42), are used by scientists to decide if you have a dependence on a drug.
Reducing or stopping your caffeine all together results in some of the following symptoms:
- Profound fatigue
- Increased muscle tension
Ninety-four percent of people that scientists class as caffeine dependent experience some of these symptoms.
Behaviour is defined as dependent if consumption continues
despite knowledge of a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by caffeine.
Ninety-four percent of caffeine dependent people experience this.
3. Inability to Quit
a persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control use.
Eighty-one percent of caffeine dependent people were unable to cut down or quit.
Gradually greater amounts of caffeine are required for an effect, the body builds up a tolerance.
Seventy-five percent of caffeine dependent people report tolerance.
The big question is, do these signs describe how you feel?