We hear much about drug and alcohol addictions. But there are countless more addictions and most get little or no press. One of these addictions is caffeine addiction.
Caffeine is the world's most common drug. In 2011, it was recommended for inclusion in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders so that its withdrawal symptoms would be universally recognized and treated.
The inclusion was proposed by Professor Roland Griffiths of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
According to Griffiths the signs of withdrawal include, "headache; lethargy and drowsiness; depressed mood; anxiety; nausea; vomiting; muscle pain and stiffness and inability to concentrate". For those with a severe addiction, symptoms can also include, "nervousness, anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, stomach problems, tremors, rapid heartbeat, restlessness and pacing."
People believe that because caffeine is legal that that means it is safe. The truth is no stimulant is completely safe regardless of its legality. When you put these substances into your body, you're altering how your body behaves and operates.
Do you know anyone who is a caffeine addict?
Source: Signs of Caffeine Addiction