Not that I had any doubt. The splitting headaches when I didn’t get coffee seemed proof enough. But this latest study says if you need that jump start, you’re chasing the caffeine dragon.
I would have to gather that millions of people in the Baltimore-DC metroplex alone love to savor their mornings slowly over a cup of fresh brew, but if you’re like me and you feel you’re less of a person without it, you have a problem.
The Daily Mail tells of the latest bad coffee news:
‘People who consume caffeine regularly will become dependent on it – if you take caffeine away from them, they will function below par,’ says Peter Rogers, professor of biological psychology at Bristol University and a leading expert on caffeine.
‘They just don’t function normally without the drug on board. If it’s your first tea or coffee of the day, it gets you back to normal, but beyond that you don’t get much more of a kick.’
Professor Rogers has studied coffee and its effects for more than 20 years and, as a result, he and other members of his team have given up caffeine.
‘On balance, caffeine is not particularly helpful. It triggers withdrawal and increases your blood pressure, which is not a good thing,’ he says.
Another recent study by Professor Rogers involving 300 volunteers found coffee doesn’t increase alertness, concentration or reaction time, but it will keep you awake.
‘I have coffee when I’m driving across Europe, as I know it will keep me awake. But it wouldn’t be helpful if I was trying to write a scientific paper late at night as it doesn’t help focus or thinking.’
And he believes that the rise in caffeine products will only fuel our dependency.
‘I suspect caffeine intake will increase, and on balance that’s not a good thing,’ he adds.