There’s no denying that caffeine can have a powerful effect on us in both physical and psychological ways. A morning cup of coffee or strong tea can transform us from dreary and exhausted to energized and alert.
That’s perhaps the most important reason coffee is the world’s most popular beverage and why Starbucks was transformed from a local coffee shop into a global phenomenon. But becoming addicted to drinking coffee and consuming caffeine in other ways can have its drawbacks. So, what problems arise with a caffeine addiction?
Let’s get this out of the way: caffeine is a drug. That means it can be incredibly difficult to stop drinking coffee and other caffeine-laced beverages. Don’t get your morning cup of coffee and there’s a really good chance you’ll start the day feeling groggy, irritable, and anxious. You might even start to develop a painful headache.
That means you should wean yourself off caffeine. Don’t go cold turkey. Instead, try limiting yourself to fewer cups of coffee or tea until you reach an acceptable level.