Many baby boomers, seniors, and others cut back or give up caffeine for health reasons. Studies have proven it interrupts sleep and negatively impacts our health in other ways. Caffeine is also addictive, so much so that it now has its own mental disorders – “caffeine intoxication” and “caffeine withdrawal.” These diagnoses are among some very controversial new classifications in the most recent American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). This puts caffeine in the same category as other drugs of addiction, such as heroin and alcohol.
The author of the blog, “Who Moved My Dentures?” recently posted an infographic, “Is America a Nation of Java Junkies?” designed by the Top Counseling Schools featuring interesting facts about caffeine and how we use it. Below are some of those facts.
Health benefits of caffeine: Everyone agrees caffeine can be bad for you, but there have been studies showing caffeine reduces risks of heart disease, increases attention and using a moderate amount decreases chances of developing Alzheimer’s.
Caffeine amounts vary: You may think espresso has a much higher caffeine content than regular brewed coffee, but at 40 -75 mg. in one ounce, it’s may be less than the 95-200 mg. average in a cup of generic brewed. The winner is a 16 oz. Starbucks Pike Place brewed at 330 mg. of caffeine. Tea, energy drinks and chocolate all contain various levels of caffeine.
- World’s drinking record – 82 cups of coffee in 72 hours
- Finland drinks the most coffee per person in the world, the U.S. is 12th
- For people wanting a coffee get-away, there’s a tourist agency called “Café Away”
- A Starbucks’ Quadriginoctuple Frappe will set you back $47.30
As with all substances that may cause health concerns, particularly if you are an older adult, moderation is the wise approach. Consult your doctor if you have questions about caffeine use.