4 Signs You’re Dependent on Caffeine


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.

1. Withdrawal

Reducing or stopping your caffeine all together results in some of the following symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Depression
  • Profound fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Disorientation
  • Increased muscle tension
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Ninety-four percent of people that scientists class as caffeine dependent experience some of these symptoms.

2. Dependence

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

Defined as

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.

4.Tolerance

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?

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One thought on “4 Signs You’re Dependent on Caffeine

  1. I wonder some times if I’m caffeine dependent, I feel as if I can’t get going in a morning if I haven’t had 2 cups of tea. At the moment I’m trying to cut back as dieting and always want a biscuit when I have a cuppa so been feeling a bit grumpy! Not sure though if it’s caffeine withdrawl or biscuit withdrawl x

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