Caffeine uplifts and stimulates the body. A morning without caffeine, such as espresso or coffee with milk, is unthinkable for most people.
Florian Eyer, chief physician in Munich’s Department of Clinical Toxicology and Poisoning Emergency Services, answered how to determine if you have an addiction or caffeine poisoning, medikforum reported.
“Caffeine mainly works in the sensory part of the cerebral cortex.
This is probably why concentration and memory are increased. Numerous tests show that people who have consumed caffeine do better on cognitive tests. The ability to respond is also increased. The effect of cocaine or opiates on the brain is somewhat different, it’s more about adrenaline and noradrenaline or stimulation of opioid receptors.”
The effects of caffeine are to some extent comparable to those of medication, but they are much less pronounced. It depends on the dose: when the amount consumed is normal, that is, up to four cups a day, the effects are moderate. They are a little more pronounced when more is drunk, then doctors speak of “heavy users.”
“There are differing opinions in science as to whether caffeine should really be considered addictive.”
SIGNS OF CAFFEINE ADDICTION
Increasing doses, an irresistible urge to take the substance, irritability when caffeine is not available.
If you drink a lot of coffee and suddenly stop, you will feel it physically, and you will develop withdrawal syndrome. If an “active user” stops drinking caffeine during the day, the first symptoms of physical withdrawal appear after about eight to twelve hours.
WHAT TO DO?
“If you are under the impression that you have a problem with this substance, the smartest thing to do would be to refrain from using it for two to four weeks. You have to put up with moderate side effects.”
After that, there’s nothing against repeated use of moderate caffeine, i.e., 300 to 400 milligrams a day.
We previously reported on the “hangover syndrome” that begins after giving up coffee, the doctor.