Informative Speech-Caffeine Essay

755 Words Mar 7th, 2013 4 Pages
Whitley Edwards

Professor Fox

Speech 1010-006

18 Feb. 2013

Informative Speech-Caffeine Outline

Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about what caffeine is, the effects of it, and the withdrawal symptoms.

Central Idea: Caffeine can be found in many places and comes in many forms. It can major effects on our body and we can experience major withdrawal symptoms.


I. What does coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate, and a bottle of medications have in common? II. They all contain caffeine, and that’s what I’m going to be talking about today. III. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Medical Association (AMA) have estimated that the average daily caffeine
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Caffeine can affect our bodies and even our sleep. A. Once caffeine is consumed, your body can completely absorb it within 30 to 45 minutes. Its effects will fade away within 3 to 6 to even 8 hours (“Caffeine”). 1. Within this time period, these are some short-term effects one may experience: a. Like “rapid or irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, and /or tremors” (Connolly). 2. Here are some long-term effects: b. Like “sleep disorders, this means it could affect the length and quality of sleep, possible cancer-causing effects, and heart and breathing problems due to overdose” (Connolly). B. Caffeine affects each and every one of us differently. What could happen to one of us may not happen to anyone else. 3. “It depends on each person’s individual circumstances such as weight and body type” (Connolly).

(Transition: Now let’s discuss some withdrawal symptoms.)

III. When you don’t consume caffeine as you usually do, you can have withdrawal symptoms. C. These symptoms can be headaches, sleepiness, irritability, lethargy, constipation, depression, muscle pain or stiffness, lack of concentration, Flu-like symptoms, and insomnia” (“Caffeine Withdrawal Symptoms: Top Ten”). 4. They can last anywhere from a few

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