The common point of all these products is that they contain a high amount of caffeine, which is an enjoyable substance. A maximum of 300 mg of caffeine consumption during the day is considered normal, while more than 700 mg is considered an addictive level. In particular, smoking addiction brings with it the simultaneous addiction to coffee and tea. Caffeine combined with nicotine is much more likely to be addictive. The abstinence of addicts begins with the excuse ”I can't wake up without drinking coffee", and all free time during the day is filled with caffeinated drinks. When the need cannot be met, withdrawal symptoms such as headache, fatigue, insomnia or drowsiness, lack of concentration, loss of work force occur, while serious health problems such as depression, the onset of ulcers and palpitations can also be observed.
The body perceives caffeine like nicotine
Consuming cigarettes and coffee or tea together causes a more rapid and severe addiction than consuming them separately. Especially in those who continue to consume excessive caffeine after quitting smoking, the body perceives this substance as nicotine, and withdrawal symptoms increase even more. One of the reasons why coffee and cigarettes are used together is the social environment and habits. The identification of a person's use of coffee and cigarettes together with a certain situation and social environment increases dual use. Those who are used to taking caffeine and nicotine in the same environment have a renewed tendency to drink when they re-enter this environment.
What are the symptoms of withdrawal?
In the addiction that occurs as a result of high-dose consumption and when the dose that the body begins to need cannot be taken, withdrawal feelings that negatively affect daily life begin to appear. The most common withdrawal symptoms seen are:
* Insomnia or drowsiness
* Feeling dizzy and yawning frequently
* Difficulties that may be encountered at work, such as poor performance that may occur due to lack of concentration, lack of motivation and attention
* Feelings of restlessness such as unhappiness, boredom, uneasiness
* Symptoms of depression such as sadness, weakness, anxiety, reluctance, resentment
* Slowdown in intellectual activity and memory
The harms of caffeine
Diseases caused by caffeine addiction:
* Insomnia problems
* Loss of calcium
* Fast and irregular heartbeats, palpitations
* Increased blood sugar and cholesterol
* Risk of ulcers as a result of excessive secretion of stomach acid
* Anxiety disorders
Children can also be addicted
When caffeine is mentioned, the first drink that comes to mind is coffee. However, there are many sources of caffeine other than coffee varieties and tea. All carbonated drinks, energy drinks, sweets in which cocoa enters, ice cream and chocolate varieties cause children to get caffeine without realizing it. Children are more sensitive to the harmful effects of caffeine and acquire addiction faster. Research shows that children are 3 times more sensitive to caffeine than adults. 1 can of cola that children drink per day is equivalent to 3 cups of coffee.
You can also wake up without drinking coffee
Just as caffeine addiction can be determined by the amount of caffeine taken daily, withdrawal symptoms also give clues about addiction. Caffeine, taken more than 700 mg per day, indicates addiction. Depending on the type of coffee and other caffeine intakes during the day, an average of 7-8 cups of tea and 2-3 cups of coffee a day is enough to supplement 700 mg. 1 cup of brewed tea contains 40-80 mg of caffeine.
Especially those who keep their daily caffeine intake high in the morning, those who cannot start the day without drinking coffee, should give up the coffee habit and turn to alternative drinks in order to get rid of this situation as soon as possible. For example, starting the day with water is a much more useful choice. When you drink a glass of water flavored with fresh mint leaves and a teaspoon of cinnamon in the morning, the body wakes up much healthier from caffeine, and the metabolism starts to work. In addition, herbal teas are also a healthy alternative to start the day. For this reason, the day can also be started with herbal teas such as ginger or cinnamon in the morning.
Ways to get rid of addiction
Herbal teas are a healthy alternative for moments of emptiness. The more caffeine-free fluids enter the body, the easier it is to release the effects of caffeine.