The Impact of Drinking too Much Caffeine

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According to an article from Caffeine Informer(2010), caffeine intoxication is now included in the DSM-5 physicians manual.The official diagnosis can be made when any 5 of the following symptoms are present: restlessness, nervousness, excitement, insomnia, flushed face, diuresis (you keep passing urine), gastrointestinal disturbance (upset tummy, diarrhea), muscle twitching, rambling flow of thought and speech, tachycardia or cardiac arrhythmia, periods of inexhaustibility, or psychomotor agitation. In 2010,a 23 British man from Mansfield, England died after taking to 2 spoonfuls of pure caffeine powder washed down by an energy drink at a party. His death was ruled accidental.
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From the journal of Core Concepts in Pharmacology, Holland and Adams (2007) have stated that Caffeine is a natural substance found in the seeds, leaves, or fruits of more than 63 plant species. Significant amounts of caffeine are consumed in coffee, chocolate, soft drinks and tea. Sometimes caffeine is added to over the counter pain relievers to help relieve migraines and other conditions. Caffeine travels to almost all parts of the body after ingestion, and several hours are needed for the body to metabolize and eliminate the drug. Caffeine is considered a central nervous system stimulant because it produces increased mental alertness, restlessness, nervousness, irritability and insomnia. The physical effects of caffeine include bronchodilation, increased blood pressure, increased production of stomach acid , and changes in blood glucose levels. Repeated use of caffeine may result in physical dependence and tolerance. The serving size of a brewed and instant coffee is 8 ounces and containing 95 to 135mg of caffeine while the serving size for decaffeinated coffee is 8 ounces containing 5mg.
From a review article entitled, “Is Coffee a Functional Food?”, regular coffee-drinking has shown positive effects on diverse aspects of health, including reduced risk of alcohol-associated pancreatitis, reduced asthma symptoms, strengthened central information-processing. In addition, they stated that caffeine has the capability to

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