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    So, is the coffee addicting? I have heard many people saying that coffee is really addicting and one should stay away from it (this is not my opinion though). What is your take on this? Do you think that coffee can be addicting? Please share your reviews !!!

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    Well that is a great question! Wikipedia says this...

    "Consumption of large amounts of caffeine – usually more than 250 mg per day – can lead to a condition known as caffeinism"

    and this...

    "Addiction and tolerance - With repetitive use, physical dependence or addiction are likely to occur. Also, the stimulatory effects of caffeine are substantially reduced over time, a phenomenon known as a tolerance. Tolerance develops quickly to some (but not all) effects of caffeine, especially among heavy coffee and energy drink consumers. Some coffee drinkers develop tolerance to its sleep-disrupting effects, but others apparently do not."

    It makes sense that there could be a dependency issue but we probably will never see any notable issue as long as there is no prohibition on the substance its self. Could you imagine if governments everywhere banned coffee beans, it would be anarchy!

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    Hmmm, right, thanks for sharing this. My stand is that I do not believe wikipedia, simply because it is perhaps the most unreliable source of information on the internet and anybody can "edit" it anytime, which leaves no reason that we should or we can trust it.
    Yes, there will be a definite anarchy in case any government bans it, but before doing that, governments should ban the much more damaging and hazardous things such as cigarettes, drugs, heroine and so on and so forth.....


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    Ok you have a point about Wikipedia, one should never trust one source but take in many and form an opinion. The one thing that is glaring at me here is the fact that it is a stimulant, as long as that is not in question then I would think that there is a possibility of dependency that could be formed. Is it as addictive as other stimulants? my guess would be it is not as addictive but still could cause dependency. Because it is not illegal and there is no prohibition we do not see any social ramifications from it. Along with the lack of prohibition it is cheap and readily available.

    Should there ever be a coffee shortage though, will people buy and drink bottom of the barrel stale coffee just to get by, my guess is that a lot would and they would complain about it... until they got used to the fact that that was all they could have. Is this not a trait of an alcoholic? When they can no longer afford or have access to the best booze dont they start drinking rock gut whiskey to get there drink on? That was the case durring prohipition in the 20's right?

    Just thinking out loud
    Last edited by ppkgan; 10-05-2012 at 11:52 AM.

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    I pretty much agree with what you just said. I also believe that it is not as addicting as some of the other things but it could certainly cause dependency.

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    For those of us who depend on repeat business we certainly trust that coffee is addicting! And the more you read about it lately you see that drunk in moderation it is packed with health benefits (of course give it another 10 years and the medical community will flip-flop on that).

    I like to call coffee a 'positive addiction'. Also a nice morning ritual to help me greet the day.

    Basically, if you don't overdo it, you don't need to overthink it.
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    Yea I think that there are lots of things that can get us hooked, have you heard of the latest addiction, Facebook. Ha! I think that we put way to much effort into over thinking things now-a-days! Everything in moderation! I was not trying to make coffee out to be the devil, just talking about the topic. I love the stuff, and... I think I will have a cup now! LOL
    Last edited by ppkgan; 10-06-2012 at 11:30 AM.

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    Hmmm... Well, coffee can be addicting, and yes, if you do ingest enough caffeine it can wreak havoc on the old body.. Heart Palpitations, shakes, jitters, etc.

    However, in my personal experience, coffee to me isn't really an addictive substance in and of itself.. I think one can be addicted to the taste of coffee, perhaps what goes with coffee, addicted to the INTERACTION that comes with coffee, but as an addictive substance, it would rank right down there with coca cola, or sprite. Do you think people get addicted to coca cola?

    Same thing

    Dang... I shoulda been a lawyer... LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by expat View Post
    For those of us who depend on repeat business we certainly trust that coffee is addicting!

    I like to call coffee a 'positive addiction'. Also a nice morning ritual to help me greet the day.

    Basically, if you don't overdo it, you don't need to overthink it.
    Yes, I agree that coffee is sort of positive addiction even if it is addicting. And yes truly, it does come as a nice morning greet.
    I now really feel that the more you read and discuss about the coffee being addicting, the more you actually get addicted to it.


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    Sounds like you might have an addictive personality.

 

 
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