Coffee? A drug?!
Caffeine is classified as a stimulant, meaning that when used it increases respiration, heart rate and blood pressure. Other drugs classified as stimulants include cocaine, methamphetamine and Ritalin. The use of stimulants can cause heart attacks, and other serious health issues.
For those consuming high amounts of caffeine quitting can bring withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms, like headaches, can last roughly two to nine days! Other symptoms can be drowsiness, depressed mood or irritability, difficulty concentrating, and flu-like symptoms such as nausea or muscle pain.
Fear not! We are not saying coffee should never be consumed! We love our coffee too, but if you are experiencing negative consequences that affect you daily from your caffeine intake, then maybe it’s time to cut back.
CLICK HERE to learn more about caffeine and withdrawal symptoms in an article from The Wall Street Journal a few years back.
Read more about stimulants HERE.
For more information about NIDA’s National Drug Facts Week CLICK HERE.