Are you tea addict? Check for caffeine use disorder


If you can’t live without your cup of cof-fee early morning or that tea to prevent the after-lunch slump, you may be suf-fering fromcaffeine use disorder. Researchers at American University in Washington, DC, indicate that more people are dependent on caffeine to the point that they suffer withdrawal symp-toms. “They are unable to reduce caffeine con-sumption even if they have another con-dition that may be impacted by caffeine – such as a pregnancy, a heart condition or a bleeding disorder,” said psychology professor Laura Juliano at American University. The negative effects of caffeine are often not recognised as such because it is a so-cially acceptable and widely consumed drug that is well integrated into our cus-toms and routines. “While many people can consume caf-feine without harm, for some it pro-duces negative effects, physical depend-ence, interferes with daily functioning, and can be difficult to give up, which are signs of problematic use,” Juliano added. The study, published in the Journal of Caffeine Research, shows how wide-spread the caffeine dependence is and the significant physical and psychologi-cal symptoms experienced by habitual caffeine users. Caffeine is found in everything from cof-fee, tea and soda to OTC pain relievers, chocolate, and now a whole host of food and beverage products branded with some form of the word ‘energy’. “Genetics research may help us to bet-ter understand the effects of caffeine on health and pregnancy as well as individ-ual differences in caffeine consumption and sensitivity,” Juliano contended. Based on current research, Juliano ad-vises that healthy adults should limit caffeine consumption to no more than two to three cups. Pregnant women and people who regu-larly experience anxiety or insomnia – as well as those with high blood pres-sure, heart problems, or urinary incon-tinence – should