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Can you be addicted to caffeine?

By March 5, 2008 - 5:07pm
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My caffeine consumption is fairly limited, usually to 2-3 cups over the weekend when my darling groom is home. But, I do know what caffeine withdrawal feels like, as I used to drink a ridiculous amount of coffee before quitting, then allowing myself the weekend cups.

Do you think a person can be addicted to caffeine, and do you think it goes hand in hand with another addiction, like nicotine?

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Wow, if caffeine does metabolize nicotine, that would explain a lot. I always thought it was the hand-to-mouth impulse that "married" the two habits. :o

March 6, 2008 - 5:12pm

I feel someone can be addicted to caffeine. I have 'quit' drinking coffee several times and vividly remember the headaches and the naps I needed just to 'pull through' it. I'm actually trying to limit my intake a little bit again (I really do feel it makes me a little tense) so am easing my way through 'half-caf' coffee right now. I have to admit I feel a little cranky.

I believe that the addiction or dependence on both caffeine and nicotine go hand in hand and become worse when you rely on both. I remember hearing that caffeine metabolizes nicotine faster, probably increasing dependence.

March 6, 2008 - 8:35am
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