Are You Dependent On Caffeine?

My mother in law arrived from KL at just after midnight on Sunday. She learned that my SO is taking three days leave starting today and thought it would be nice to spend time together. My mom in law also brought along my sister in law who had just finished her SPM.

I had no problem fetching them from the bus station as I usually sleep late anyway. In fact, I slept at 4:00am on that day. A few hours later I was wide awake as I was scheduled to guide relatives of mine on how to get to the highway (they were from Ipoh and unfamiliar with JB roads). Imagine my surprise when I saw that my mom in law has literally fainted!

My mom in law is quite dependent on caffeine to get up and running. Without her dose of Nescafe (or compatible product) she’ll be flat and weak. I went out and bought her some premixed Nescafe and she’s immediately up and running after that.

Wow, that’s scary. Thankfully she’s OK with Nescafe as I definitely don’t have the budget for some weird gourmet coffee like cappuccino, espresso, or some hybrid like capresso.

More importantly though, it got me thinking about my own coffee consumption. I always have some instant coffee stock in the office. I used to have them at home too, but recently I’m more interested in ice cold tea (probably it’s the weather).

What about you? Are you a caffeine addict? I mean real addict here… not just because you want to be seen at Starbucks or whatnot just to look yuppily cool.

8 responses to “Are You Dependent On Caffeine?”.

  1. Sheila Says:

    Coffee puts the system under the strain of metabolizing a deadly acid-forming drug, depositing its insoluble cellulose, which cements the wall of the liver, causing this vital organ to swell to twice its proper size. In addition, coffee is heavily sprayed. (Ninety-two pesticides are applied to its leaves.) Diuretic properties of caffeine cause potassium and other minerals to be flushed from the body.

    All this fear went away when I quit, and it was a book that inspired me to do it called The Truth About Caffeine by Marina Kushner. There are five things I liked about this book:

    1) It details–thoroughly–the ways in which caffeine may damage your health.

    2) It reveals the damage that coffee does to the environment. Specifically, coffee was once grown in the shade, so that trees were left in place. Then sun coffee was introduced, allowing greater yields but contributing to the destruction of rain forests. I haven’t seen this mentioned anywhere else.

    3) It explains how best to go off coffee. This is important. If you try cold turkey, as most people probably do, the withdrawal symptoms will likely drive you right back to coffee.

    4) Helped me find a great resource for the latest studies at CaffeineAwareness.org

    5) Also, if you drink decaf you won’t want to miss this special free report on the dangers of decaf available at http://www.soyfee.com

  2. Jewelle Says:

    Wow, that’s some scary withdrawal side effect. I limit mine to a cup a day and tries to drink more water.

  3. Jenny Says:

    Since decades I use to drink several cups of coffee during a day, from early the morning to late in night. My estimate is in the surrounding of 5 to 6 cups a day. No problem with sleeping. I fall asleep a few minutes after I go to bed and have always a good night sleep, even if something worries me.
    Now, my problem is that I literally fall asleep at day and I feel very bad if I don’t drink coffee during the first hours of the day (acute sadness, bad and depressive mood, temperature gets low, inability to concentrate on reading and even inability to understand what I’m reading).

  4. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    Sheila: Thanks for sharing the info.

    Jewelle: You bet! My intake is virtually zero on weekends. On working days, I tend to drink one to three cups daily.

    Jenny: And I thought my mom in law had problems 😉

  5. papajoneh Says:

    Wow… i just finished my 2nd mug of nescafe!!!
    That Sheila sharing sure gave me the creep. OTOH, I can easily go to sleep even after taking the coffee a minute ago. no problem one.

    But I hope I will not faint like your MIL. I ever gone without coffee for a day… but thats like dying already. In short, can’t live without coffee. 😀

    *** psst, nice header. 😉

  6. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    papajoneh: I’ve switched to tea nowadays… but I’ll be turning to coffee again soon 🙂

    Ooohh… you noticed the header 😉

  7. Fadila Says:

    Haha! Unfortunately, I live on coffee. It’s a must. Although I wouldn’t die without it, I’m afraid someone would since my withdrawal symptom could be dangerous to others. So going cold turkey is out of the question!

    By the way, caffeine isn’t always the bad guy. It speeds up metabolism which is why caffeine is one of the most common ingredient in diet pills. And it helps converse fat to energy more efficiently. By all means, you drink coffee then go jogging or something, you’ll burn more fat. Mission accomplish!

  8. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    Fadila: Although that is the ideal situation, things are rarely (if ever) that simple 🙂