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Coffee is Addictive

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the my-headaches-proved-it dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 569

zpok writes "According to scientists, coffee is really addictive, which I guess must mean they'll come in and confiscate your latte any moment now..." Can't wait for the study proving sugar is sweet.

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Irresponsibility (5, Insightful)

the_mad_poster (640772) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419559)

...who released a study that could result in the official classification of the condition as a mental disorder.

Seriously... is there ANYONE in ANY part of this country anymore that just takes a little bit of responsibility for their own goddamn actions? The idea that the effects of drinking a cup of coffee could even be considered being classified as a "disease" is absolutely ludicrous.

People are so pathetic these days. I think the only disease involved in all this "you're not an irresponsible jackass, you just need medical help!" attitude is an acute affliction of stupid.

Re:Irresponsibility (5, Funny)

mcovey (794220) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419567)

I didn't read the article I'm too jittery from the caffeine.

Re:Irresponsibility (5, Interesting)

riscthis (597073) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419741)

Maybe I've just become immune to caffeine, but I do drink a lot of caffeine-containing drinks throughout the day, and I can't say I've ever noticed being hyper from it. More to the point, I've never really noticed anyone else becoming hyper from caffeine either.

So I've been wondering if this is more a cultural expectation thing. In Britain it just doesn't seem to be discussed in the same way -- I've known people (including myself) complain of caffeine withdrawal symptoms -- evil headaches and suchlike -- but almost never about any "hyper" effects of over-consumption of caffeine.

Yet often American sitcoms will refer to coffee in reference to making people hyper, to the point where you'd think that half an espresso is meant to send you crazy. Or maybe it's genetic differences between the populations that mean that caffeine has different effects in the two countries?

Re:Irresponsibility (4, Funny)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419569)

Wow, somebody didn't have his morning cup of coffee.... :P

Re:Irresponsibility (-1, Troll)

jav1231 (539129) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419584)

Why not? People actually think Alcoholism is a disease.

Re:Irresponsibility (4, Interesting)

Lars T. (470328) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419680)

Well, there are a few things to it. For one, there are very few negative (and not too severe) effects of caffein but quite a few positive ones. Alcohol OTOH, while having positive effects in small dosis, will often make you lose control over how much you consume (IOW when you are drunk), so the severe short and long term effects kick in. When you are an alcoholic, you'll need to drink far above the healthy dose just to be "normal". Also there are very few "dry" alcoholics who can drink one glass and will not start drinking again.

Re:Irresponsibility (3, Interesting)

_the_bascule (740525) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419712)

Why not? People actually think Alcoholism is a disease. And if you know of someone who suffers from it you may well find that this is indeed the case. Alcoholics do not become so through the consumption of too much alcohol, rather they consume too much alcohol because they are alcoholics. The condition exists, the alcohol is one of many symtoms. Most medical dictionaries have alcoholism marked as a disease

Re:Irresponsibility (5, Insightful)

DigitalRaptor (815681) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419729)

It may not be a disease, per se, but there is a very clear and very real genetic predisposition for some people to be alcoholics, and others to be able to drink half a glass and leave the rest on the table when they leave.

It's easy for the latter to judge the former, but that doesn't mean the condition is any less real.

It's like those that aren't succeptable to depression judging those that are, and telling them to just "shake it off" or "snap out of it".

That attitude shows a clear lack of understanding.

Re:Irresponsibility (1)

gadget junkie (618542) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419598)

In the case of coffee, I think the use of the word "addiction" is a severe misnomer. No one, not even someone with a severe case of geekyness, would drink a coupla mugs in the middle of one of the few nights he is not up surfing the 'net just because he is used to that, which would fit my definition of addiction.

Re:Irresponsibility (4, Insightful)

andreMA (643885) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419614)

The idea that the effects of drinking a cup of coffee could even be considered being classified as a "disease" is absolutely ludicrous
That's not what they're considering doing. They're talking about the symptoms that some regualt users of caffeiene experience upon sudden cessation. DSM is for the most part merely despriptive of various sets of symptoms and circumstances, including things like "Bereavement" (V62.82).

One can hardly claim that observing (and labelling) the fact that people are sad when a loved one dies is intended to absolve them of responsibility for their actions.

Re:Irresponsibility (4, Interesting)

Bastian (66383) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419719)

Agreed. The real problem is that there are wacko shrinks out there who think that anything that shows up in the DSM must be treated. Such as the company shrink who made a member of my family take lithium to treat the bereavment she was still experiencing a week after her fiancee died in a car wreck. (true story)

I don't want a stop to the research and classification of various mental states. I want the psychological/psychiatric community to sit down and create some real standards for treatment, including some strict ethics and punishments for their violation. If a physician started prescribing morphine for stubbed toes, he'd run the risk of losing his license (we'll worry about the chronic problem of prescribing antibiotics for viral illnesses later), he'd lose his license, while the shrink community hasn't even gotten around to saying "it's something we should maybe consider not doing, we think."

Or worse yet, we still have Freudian analysts getting licensed and offering their "treatment." This would be like if the AMA licensed doctors who practised the purging of various bodily humors in order to restore their balance.

Re:Irresponsibility (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10419661)

you're basically right, but my cousin has come across someone with extream caffine addiction to the point of having shaking hands and having to constantly take caffine shots like a cocain addict. Your average coffee-drinker can avoid temptation by not buying the stuff, but people who've experimented with larger doses can be aflicted with an addiction like with hard drugs. Caffine is a drug, afterall.

Seriously... (1)

lildogie (54998) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419734)

I think you've been trolled.

Beware of journalists in researchers' clothing.

Re:Irresponsibility (1, Troll)

DigitalCrackPipe (626884) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419775)

Well, it's been common knowledge for a while that caffine is physically addictive. Anything that gives you headaches and the shakes for 3 days when you quit using it is physically addictive.

I personally feel there is some sort of mental defect in coffee addicts, but that doesn't relieve them of any responsibility in the matter.

Thank's scientists! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10419560)

Wow! With research such as "coffee is addictive", I'm amazed why people find it hard to get grants...

Re:Thank's scientists! (4, Informative)

Seehund (86897) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419653)

Thanks mainstream media (and Slashdot) for once again misrepresenting, misinterpreting and oversimplifying a scientific study or publication.

Some people would probably think it's boring to read the actual article (J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 1990 Mar;252(3):970-8) or the abstract [nih.gov] , but a link could have been in order.

No, the news is not that "coffee is addictive". Duh.

From the abstract:
"A novel drug discrimination procedure was used to study the discriminability and subjective effects of caffeine in seven human volunteers who abstained from dietary sources of caffeine. [...] The present study documents biological activity of caffeine at lower doses than heretofore recognized. The general approach to investigating the effects of low drug doses may have broad application in human psychopharmacology research for characterizing other subtle psychotropic effects."

Funny? Laugh?

I wonder why the Seattle Times and Slashdot found this worthy to mention, at the same time as it's apparently not worthy to understand.

Re:Thank's scientists! (1)

Seehund (86897) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419667)

DOH!

Please excuse my brainfart! 1990. Oops.

Yeah, maybe they discovered that coffee is addictive after all. :)

Re:Thank's scientists! (4, Informative)

Seehund (86897) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419679)

This [nih.gov] could be the right article.

"OBJECTIVES. The purpose of this paper is to provide a comprehensive review and analysis of the literature regarding human caffeine withdrawal to empirically validate specific symptoms and signs, and to appraise important features of the syndrome."

"CONCLUSIONS. The caffeine-withdrawal syndrome has been well characterized and there is sufficient empirical evidence to warrant inclusion of caffeine withdrawal as a disorder in the DSM and revision of diagnostic criteria in the ICD."

Re:Thank's scientists! (1)

TheGavster (774657) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419717)

See, there's what you believe, and what has been proven. Previously, there wasn't a whole lot of actual scientific evidence that coffee was addictive, just a hunch in that direction given how grouchy everyone at work was the day the percolator broke down. Most of science is simply proving the blatantly obvious, because a good portion of the time you find something nifty (on the topic of coffee, ever read about why coffee stains always form a ring rather than a dot? Its not because coffee collects around the rim of the mug.)

LIES LIES LIES!!! (1, Funny)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419568)

Coffee isn't Addictive!

IS NOT
!

is not!!!

Re:LIES LIES LIES!!! (4, Funny)

FatalTourist (633757) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419714)

You present a strong argument.

it's not addictive. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10419574)

i can quit any time i want.

now marijuana....that's addictive

So is alcohol (2, Insightful)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419575)

And cigarettes etc etc.

Course the failed War on Drugs should be canned, all drugs should be legalised, taxed and the cash used for rehabilitation services.

Re:So is alcohol (0, Troll)

TeraCo (410407) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419597)

If it was legalised, why would there be rehab services? I mean, I dare say there would be the equivalent of 'AA', but there wouldn't be anything like there is now with methadone programs and so forth.

You don't see recovering alcoholics getting free shots of coffee to help them get over it.

Re:So is alcohol (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10419671)

Bingo. Lots of lost-jobs (which happen to be futile and useless, but that's beside the point to those whose lives revolve around them financially -- they'll find ethical backup rather than changing).
Me

Re:So is alcohol (5, Insightful)

Kick the Donkey (681009) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419626)

Course the failed War on Drugs should be canned, all drugs should be legalised, taxed and the cash used for rehabilitation services.

Seriously... Think about this. Druggies have already proved they'll pay just about any price to feed their habit. So, if you leagalize it, you reduce the cost of getting the drugs here, and selling them (black market goes away...). So, lets say the markup on your tyipcal drug [lp.org] is 17,000% from the black market. What should the markup be if the drugs where legal? Lets just say 500%, for arguments sake.

The government could charge a 100% tax on the profit, and the end user would only see a markup of about 1000% (17 times less than the current markup, for those who suck at math).

So, the druggies win (cheaper drugs). And the government wins (more taxes, less money spent on the worthless drug war). And the tax payer wins, provided the shills we elect don't siphon off all these extra funds into some type of 'special account'...

That, and I think people would be happier :D

And there's less crime (3, Insightful)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419664)

And there's less money spent on a demonstrably failed policy. And the product would have to be quality controlled, so fewer health problems, and junkies would be less likely to share needles, so fewer disease problems.

The War on Drugs funds Terrorists (4, Insightful)

Dr. Evil (3501) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419753)

...sorry, just had to say it. Prohibition funds organized crime of all sorts.

Science: Sun rises in the east (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10419576)

And other blindingly obvious statements:

Bears shit in the woods

Re:Science: Sun rises in the east (4, Funny)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419602)

And other blindingly obvious statements:
Bears shit in the woods


I resent that remark.

-- Yours truly, Teddy the constipated grizzly

Re:Science: Sun rises in the east (1)

Chrispy1000000 the 2 (624021) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419605)

News FLASH:
Bombs are EXPLOSIVE!!!

Obvious.... (2)

Kick the Donkey (681009) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419577)

Is there anyway that I can mod this whole article up as obvious?

Re:Obvious.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10419592)

Surely you'd want to mod it down as obvious?

Re:Obvious.... (1)

Kick the Donkey (681009) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419684)

You're right... My bad. Down she goes!

Re:Obvious.... (1)

andyh1978 (173377) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419660)

Or Redundant [slashdot.org] .

Hey! (5, Funny)

Stickerboy (61554) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419578)

Can't wait for the study proving sugar is sweet.

Hey, don't steal my dissertation ideas! Some of us have put a lot of thought into that.

Before people moan... (5, Interesting)

lxt (724570) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419580)

...the study was more about the addictive properties of caffeine, rather than coffee. This is actually quite useful, because caffeine is often combined with paracetemol in pain killers. People who use these painkillers as "lifestyle drugs" (and they do - just look at the proliferation of "pocket containers" for brand name pills") might want to read this research. For example, the article states "Griffiths and Juliano assessed the validity of 66 studies on caffeine withdrawal over many decades. Fifty percent of people had headaches, and 13 percent had clinically significant distress or impairment of function.". If you're taking pain killers with caffeine to relieve headaches, the pain could actually start to be caused by your addiction to the caffeine. Still, at least they're researching something :)

heh (3, Funny)

Illissius (694708) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419581)

Can't wait for the study proving sugar is sweet.
And addictive!

Re:heh (2, Insightful)

daijo78 (783312) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419629)

It actually is VERY addictive. It beats almost anything else. Hence all the fat people.

Re:heh (1)

BarryNorton (778694) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419659)

No it isn't - what makes caffeine addictive, rather than dependency forming (like sweet foods used as an emotional crutch), is its withdrawl symptoms (which I thought were well known, and studied, but perhaps not...)

Re:heh (1)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419778)

Did you know that people didn't start getting that fat and in such large numbers till Cane Sugar was replaced with Corn Syrup?

Look it up.

Re:heh (1)

pb9494 (550141) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419705)

Actually, the knowledge that fruit is healthy came several hundreds of years before the discovery of vitamin C.

now can I get coffee on the NHS (1)

zenst (558964) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419582)

Well can I now have me caffiene patch's on the NHS. Bout time been descriminated enough for being non smoker/ non alchoholic/non drug injecting addict but I doooo luv me caffine, too much :/

Sure, on the NHS... (1)

lxt (724570) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419596)

...will these patches be covered on MediCare?

Just In (2, Funny)

celeritas_2 (750289) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419585)

A recent study shows that Calling Things Addictive and Evil is truely Addictive! Try to avoid sensational news stories at all costs else your head might rot and fall off.

In related news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10419586)

Study shows that research grants are addictive. Grant withdrawal causes scientists to carry out stupid studies.

No! (1)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419587)

Coffe is not addictive - really.

If you want some arguments then you'll have to wait until I have had my coffee.

I CAN STOP ANYTIME I WANT! (1)

kclittle (625128) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419590)

No, really! Honest. I'm sure I can....

Re:I CAN STOP ANYTIME I WANT! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10419634)

It's easy to stop when you have a reason for doing so.

Looks like Captain Obvious has struck again. (-1, Troll)

Eudial (590661) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419594)

Remember me? http://www.muchosucko.com/img3308T.html

I'm 1/2 through my first cup (1)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419595)

I guess I need some more, I could have sworn I've seen this subject matter mentioned in a slashdot article no more than a few days ago...

That would never happen! I must need more cafeine.

P.S. My last thought before sleep last night was "yay!, when I wake up I get to drink some cofee", its something to look forwards to.

Better Keep it Legal (1)

BisonHoof (810891) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419603)

Gulp. Ttthey betttter, gulp, kkkkeep it llleagal, gulp, or I ssswear, I'll go over the eeedge! Gulp!

What the... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10419606)

Did we really need a scientific study just to prove this? Come on, everytime I've gotten myself up to a steady two-can-a-day route with pop and then gone without for more than a day, I'd always have a piercing headache that lasted about half-a-day.

Oh wait, I suppose now I can be certain that those headaches were because of caffiene withdrawl. I'm glad that I know that now. I mean, because before, I thought it was because of solar flares.

Then soda must be too... (4, Insightful)

datastalker (775227) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419607)

...given that it has so much caffeine as well. I haven't had any soda in three and a half years, and I can tell you that it's still difficult not to drink it. Just smelling it really makes me want to drink some, so it definitely had an effect on me, regardless of whether that could be officially classified as addiction.

Re:Then soda must be too... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10419670)

I've stopped for a few years too. Although I'll sneak maybe one every one or two months. When I stopped the thing I started realizing more is how often everybody else drank these things. I mean, one for a snack in the morning, one for lunch, one for dinner, maybe one more before bed. I've heard some brag in the office about how quickly they go through a 12 pack. Have some restraint, people!

Next target in war on drugs ? (5, Funny)

TheUncleBob (791234) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419608)

Perhaps starbucks should be careful they don't get added to the list, especially serving columbian blends !

Re:Next target in war on drugs ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10419696)

That's spelled Colombia, with a O. Columbia (District of) is where the coke-users have their senate (and president).

Re:Next target in war on drugs ? (1)

e-gold (36755) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419757)

Perhaps starbucks should be careful they don't get added to the list, especially serving columbian blends !

It's not as farfetched [theturkishtimes.com] as it might seem (although the article [theturkishtimes.com] is refreshingly-honest about the underlying reasons for the ban -- fear of political discussion and dissenting thought by authoritarians in control of others' lives).
JMR

(Speaking ONLY for me!!!)

Sugar is Sweet? (1)

Zarf (5735) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419611)

Can't wait for the study proving sugar is sweet.

That's just an old wives tale! Bah! Sugar isn't sweet... it's saccharine.

In Other News... (5, Funny)

pyite (140350) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419612)

"In other news, it has been found that eating food can be addictive. Studies show that some humans who start eating food shortly after they are born are unable to stop until their death."

War on (2, Funny)

Camel Pilot (78781) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419613)

Since we lost the war on drugs and are losing the war on obesity and are barely holding our ground on the war on terrorism maybe we could win the war on caffeine!

Quitting? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10419617)

All of you people that say that quitting something is easy, should actually try before saying anything.

Re:Quitting? (1)

arose (644256) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419701)

It may be easy for some. Not all people get addicted equaly easy or strongly.

Quitting?-Sex (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10419776)

"All of you people that say that quitting something is easy, should actually try before saying anything."

So how do you quit sex?

And in related news... (1)

rmy1 (815018) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419618)

Sugar contributes to diabetes;
Microsoft Windows vulnerable to viruses;
CowboyNeal wins presedential election.

Caffine is just a helper (1)

numbware (691928) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419630)

Caffine isn't addictive. It helps us continue addictive things. For example, I stay on /. all night, every night and get no sleep. How? I'm loaded on caffine of course.

How I prevent caffeine withdrawal (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10419643)

I find that daily use of coffee completely prevents all side-effects of caffeine withdrawal. Give it a try and you will see.

I have to admit. (2, Funny)

daijo78 (783312) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419646)

The only reason I'm on slashdot now instead of doing some real work is I'm waiting for my first cup of coffee to kick in.

As they say on Fark (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10419647)

Still no cure for cancer

Can you say tachycardia? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10419648)

Not only is caffeine addictive, you can buy the stuff neat on the 'net, in the form of a white powder, and sprinkle it like sugar on your Post Toasties and rhubarb juice. This sounds like Ren & Stimpy, or an entry in the Darwin Awards, but it killed my nephew, no ****ing lie, who used caffeine like methadone for coke, and no I don't mean Coke. Raw caffeine should be a Schedule 1 controlled substance.

Lawsuits? (1)

HockeyPuck (141947) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419650)

Could we expect Tobacco style lawsuits in the near future?

-$100million due to the 'yellowing' of teeth.
-$1milllion due to the staining of mugs

I wonder if that old lady with the burned crotch from McD's will come back?

C'mon ppl take some responsibility for your own life: Fatty foods will make you fat. Sugary foods will give you cavities. Caffeine is addictive..

DUH!

I'll RTFA after... (1)

djdavetrouble (442175) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419651)

I'll RTFA right after I get another cup of fresh groud french roast costa rican, with half and half ... no sugar ...

Most addictive substance ever... (1)

arose (644256) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419656)

O2! H20 is a distand second. Ban them now!

Re:Most addictive substance ever... (1)

arose (644256) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419672)

s/H20/H2O

There are times when I really hate QWERTY...

You have to be careful about DiHydrogen Monoxide (1)

israfil_kamana (262477) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419760)

This important site [dhmo.org] will make this issue clear for you. If we would stop worrying about substances of proven minimal danger like caffeine, and deal with a vastly more dangerous substance, like dihydrogen monoxide, we'd all be healthier.

erg? (1, Insightful)

Flamesplash (469287) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419669)

"Can't wait for the study proving sugar is sweet."

So your statement is saying that you think this study is useless. Then why post it to the front page if you think it's useless?

Is addictive... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10419681)

LOL...

Anyone saying that coffee isn't addictive should try this simple test..

GO ONE DAY WITHOUT COFFEE

See how bad of a headache you get.. Migraine city..

-k0ward.

Still no cure for cancer (2, Insightful)

jsebrech (525647) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419683)

Honestly, who here didn't know caffeine is majorly addictive, just like sugar? Anything that gives you a "buzz" is majorly addictive. Most of the soft drinks sell not based on taste (other than tasting sweet they don't really offer much taste qualities), but based on how addicted people are to the buzz they get from drinking them. I know a lot of people with cola or coffee addictions, and those addictions are tolerated (or not even recognized) because a caffeine and sugar addiction tends to not obviously harm society.

Re:Still no cure for cancer (1)

grikdog (697841) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419702)

Don't kid yourself. Caffeine in excess causes cardiac arrest. Sugar is just the dentist's kid's scholarship.

Can't wait for the study proving sugar is sweet. (1)

LooseChanj (17865) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419687)

Or the one proving beyond the shadow of a doubt it's actually sour, and black is white. I miss the coming ice age.

This proves coffee is a good thing for us (1)

Greenisloved (689734) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419689)

Could you go to offce without brushing teeth or taking bath . They are daily activities , failure of which our lives are not quite pleasant.

Coffee is obviously one such thing.Let them place coffee in a balanced diet ...Happy?

Slurm! (2, Funny)

xyloplax (607967) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419690)

It's highly addictive!

leading cause of death: automobile (2, Interesting)

h00manist (800926) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419692)

I have yet to see anyone of authority seriously denounce the use of automobiles as the main form of transportation, as it's highly profitable to the steel, manufacturing and oil industries. It makes money, a lot money, and makes you and me work a lot extra for THEM - just to be able to get around.

The fact that it's also by FAR the leading cause of death among young people worldwide, of depleting cities of sidewalks full of people and converting them to endless asphalt-covered semi-arid cultural deserts, making the air equivalent to smoking a couple cigarrettes, etc, seems to be no problem.

So when's a president going to declare "war on the auto industry killers"? Oh yeah, every presidents just represent THEM, too, never US.

Welcome to govcorp. You're free and happy. Go to read your officially sancioned multiple brand confunews and back to work to prop our paper monopoly. Be sure to talk of everything that makes no difference to everyone, and feel anger, and seek solutions with anger, death and weapons. Our weapons, pointed at you.

Confused? Angry? Good.
-------------------

Common .. (1)

madssj (697348) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419695)

How could anyone think that coffee is not addictive, or cola for that matter.

All bad things are addictive, even those women we all keep hearing so much about.

In other news... (1)

Donjo (797935) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419697)

Still no cure for cancer...

Different Levels of Addictiveness (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10419699)

This may be obvious to some, but I think you can't blame the drug, you have to blame the person's chemical makeup.

Different people have varying levels of susceptibility to becoming addicted to drugs. Some people can't have a beer without becoming addicted to the alcohol, some people can handle beer but can't resist pot, some people can handle beer and pot but cocaine does them in, and some people can pretty much take anything without becoming addicted to it. If they can't handle a drug of lower addictiveness, they most likely won't be able to handle a more highly addictive drug.

I've noticed that most alcoholics also smoke cigarettes because if they can't break free of lure of alcohol, they surely can't break free of the hold of nicotine. It would be in their best interest not to even try any other drugs, because they'll get hooked easily.

There are those who can recreationally use cocaine or heroine and not become addicted. Since I'm posting as an anonymous coward, I'll tell you that I've hung out with people who did hard drugs, and partook in their activities, but I never developed a feeling of "need" for those drugs while they did. I don't smoke cigarettes and I only drink on an occasional weekend, yet I can go to a party and party hard and take whatever's on the table without becoming addicted- I realized this about 10 years ago.

But that's just me, don't try this at home.

I must be an exception... (4, Interesting)

jmcmunn (307798) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419700)

I must be the exception to the rule. I drink coffe on average three times a week. And when I do, it is only one cup a day. It's when I get to work and realize I forgot my juice/water that I normally bring in to drink. For me, it is more about having something to sip on in the morning while I read the news, and settle in for the day. I can honestly say that no matter if I drink coffee for an entire month, I do not have "the need" to drink a cup on that next day. Water will do just fine.

I can honestly say that even though it does clearly have an effect on me (I get a little jittery and feel way too high strung after a cuppa joe) I would bet that most people would only have "withdrawal symptoms" for a day at most. I'm guessing (very unscientifically) that for most people the need for coffee is a routine. Try switching to water or juice or even decaf coffee to see if you feel any different.

I can see where someone who drinks a couple pots of coffee a day might get headaches or something if they just quit all at once, but this could be said for anything...sugar, caffeine, salty snacks, you name it. Your body is going to be used to dealing with anything you take in in excess. Once that excessive amount is gone, you will notice, at least for a little while. I'm not sure it's really groundbreaking news just because Johns Hopkins told us they found it out.

I certainly don't think it needs to be entered into the DMS just yet, just because some people get a headache from too little/much caffeine. (yes it happens when you get too much too, at least for me) I know people will say it is like alcoholism, where it's the same kinds of symptoms and what not. But I don't think alcoholism is quite as bad as people make it out to be. (and before I go any farther, let me tell you that I do have two alcoholics in my close family) I think that even though some people may be more likely to develop alcoholism, the blame and responsibility still falls on them. Every person has the ability to stop doing destructive behavior. You just have to learn what your limits are and govern them youself....but that's another topic for another day.

I kicked coffee accidentally with creatine (2, Interesting)

Baldrson (78598) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419709)

I was a 6 cup a day coffee addict when I decided to start using creatine [clusty.com] for other reasons. In the directions they give you for creatine, they tell you to stop caffine intake. I'd never been able to stop caffine intake without withdrawl symptoms, but this time, loading creatine doses of 5 heaping teaspoons a day, I suffered no noticable withdraw.

I'm now taking 1 heaping teaspoon of creatine a day and on those occasions I drink coffee at all it is about 1/2 to 1 cup early in the morning.

What's the issue with coffee? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10419711)

Ok, I admit that coffee doesn't smell that bad but the taste is unpalatably bitter. No matter how much sugar you add, it's just like chewing bark (done that, know what I'm talking about). I originally thought that it's a question of choosing the wrong brand or substandard quality but after trying many available options I've come to the conclusion that coffee is as desirable a commodity as getting one's head hit repeatedly with a blunt and heavy object. I can't understand how somebody can get addicted to that!

I tried to get addicted-It did not work! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10419715)

I've always HATED coffee. It is bitter, it tastes like ashes, nothing to like!. I tried to get used to it,but it did not work.

Now I am 52; when I was a teenager I tried really hard to smoke but I never got used to it, the taste is awful, bitter and makes you choke, it reminds me of coffee.

Some brands of beer are bitter, I also don't like them. I like wine and brandy.

Sometimes people don't get addicted due to the awful taste and smell. It is certainly my case

StarBucks knows this (1)

koan (80826) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419718)

Look at their "empire of addiction" not only that but they are jacking up their prices once again.

#irc.trroltalk.com (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10419728)

[klerck.08g]? like I should be

ohh what an interesting report. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10419736)

yeah. internet is addictive too, so what?

coffee caused cancer?
coffee destroyed families?

First state to ban this? (0, Offtopic)

Loco3KGT (141999) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419745)

California.

Yay for left wing politics and the government tell you how to live your life!

gmail invites (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10419752)

watch out for Mr Coffee Nerves! (1)

jeff munkyfaces (643988) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419754)

http://www.lileks.com/comics/coffnerv/coff1/index. html

Doesn't bother me... (1)

OwlWhacker (758974) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419763)

I drink tea.

This just in (1)

sielwolf (246764) | more than 9 years ago | (#10419765)

The sky is blue. Water's wet.

That's it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10419772)

I am checking into a coffee rehab facility as soon as possible.
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