Opinion: Caffeine, the daily drug

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A stereotypical American’s day usually starts by a person rolling out of bed and going to find some coffee to help wake up.

Coffe contains a stimulant called caffeine which helps people feel more alert and ready to face the day. A stimulant is a substance or a drug that raises the levels of activity in the body.

Caffeine is in coffee, sodas, energy drinks, tea and even chocolate. Having more than the recommended amount of caffeine a day is not beneficial to a person’s health; in fact, it would be best to avoid caffeine as much as possible.

Every single day, 90% of American adults consume caffeine.

The amount of caffeine different products contain varies quite a bit. There is a lot more caffeine in a cup of Starbucks coffee than there is in a piece of chocolate. A person would be able to eat more chocolate without having too much caffeine than with the cup of coffee.

At most a person should be having one cup of coffee, one cup of tea OR one cup of soda a day. Sadly most people do not have only one cup, students especially. Instead of grabbing another cup of coffee or an energy drink, students should just get more sleep to help themselves feel more rested and ready to face the day.

The biggest reason people consume caffeine is to get what they feel is a boost of energy.

Inside the brain, what the caffeine is doing is replacing adenosine which is what tells the brain that it is tired. If a person consumes too much caffeine, they can inadvertently develop insomnia.

Just like any other stimulant, once the effects of the caffeine wear off, the person can experience symptoms like fatigue, irritation or even headaches. Caffeine affects your sleeping patterns and can possibly mimic stress symptoms. After this happens a person might feel like they need to drink even more caffeine when in reality they just need to let the effects wear off before they start to really improve.

Caffeine is the most commonly used drug in North America. If people cautiously use any other type of drug, then why do they feel free to consume as much caffeine as they wish? Perhaps they are too addicted to caffeine to notice. Caffeine may make a person feel more alert and better in the short term but in the long run it is just not the healthiest choice. It is not too difficult to drink an alternative like water, juice or even milk. It is best to consume as little caffeine as possible and perhaps just get more sleep.

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