Essay on Coffee, Caffeine and Health

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Coffee, one of the most common drinks in our society. Majority of people like to get a taste of it and have an enjoyable time. However, it may lead to both physical and psychological influence. Caffeine is usually taken in form of coffee (Frishman, Del Vecchio, Sanal, and Ismail, 2003). Since caffeine is the substance most being taken in, it will be focused in the following parts. In the first part, several aspects involving effects of caffeine, reasons of popularity, drug of dependence, and withdrawal are discussed. In the second part, the result of a research with analysis focusing on drinking pattern (amount of coffee taken in for certain time), reason to take coffee, good and bad effects of coffee on coffee takers, and knowledge among …show more content…
Sudden death does not often happen, however, this risk exists (Frishman, Del Vecchio, Sanal, and Ismail, 2003).

Drug of Dependence

Before discussion, it is necessary to have definitions. The definition of drug a substance that is used as medicine or narcotic (Millar, Fellbaum, Wolff, Lanone, Haskell, 2002). And drug dependence is defined as a pattern of behavior focused on the repetitive and compulsive seeking and taking of a psychoactive drug which show effects on mental state.

Obviously, caffeine is used as drug as there are 2 criteria for drug dependence. Criterion I is composed of limited dependence potential (psychoactive), use of caffeine by all person is regular and effects do not rely on other reinforcer. Criterion II is described as producing pleasant effects, tolerance and physical dependence (Gupta and Gupta, 1999). According to B.S. Gupta and Uma Gupta (1999), caffeine partially meet criterion I and totally tally with criterion II, so caffeine is a drug of dependence. Although it is a drug of dependence, the risk of addiction is the lowest among 7 drug classes.

Caffeine Withdrawal

As caffeine is a drug of dependence, withdrawal induces physiological changes, e.g. headache. The severity of withdrawal reaction relies on doses of intake pattern. After withdrawal, people usually suffer from typical withdrawal…