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Addicted to Coffee? It May Be Your Job

coffeeMillions of people drink coffee on a daily basis as a pick-me-up but according to a new survey, certain people have a bona fide addiction and are addicted to coffee. Professionals who drink between four and five cups of coffee a day include police officers, teachers, journalists, trade workers, medical professionals, telemarketers, business executives, and plumbers. When surveyed, 70% of this group said they were unable to perform their jobs without coffee.

However, there were others who admittedly drank up to three cups a day to include retail workers and IT technical support. Interestingly, drivers reportedly had just one or two cups of java. Although coffee is a beverage enjoyed worldwide, there is a distinct divide among experts as to whether it has a positive or negative effect on health.

According to Pressat, a United Kingdom-based distribution company, 10,000 professionals were surveyed. The findings of the survey showed that 85% drank a minimum of three cups of coffee daily. Of the participants, 71% stated coffee was not consumed for flavor or aroma, but mainly the pick-me-up it provides.

Multiple studies have been conducted to determine the true effects of coffee on a person’s health. As stated by NHS Choices, having over four cups a day can lead to higher blood pressure, as well as problems with dehydration if is the only beverage consumed. Other studies done in the past also show issues with a high intake of coffee to include risk of coronary disease, diabetes, and stroke.

Dr. James D. Lane, professor of medical psychology at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina says that caffeine exaggerates the stress response and at the cellular level, locks the receptor typically used by adenosine, a modulator in the brain responsible for feedback to avoid overstimulation of nerve cells. When adenosine locks up, there is nothing to stop the nervous system from becoming overly excited.

Dr. Roland R. Griffiths, professor in the departments of neuroscience and psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Maryland, but also long-time researchers, adds by saying that for some people, coffee is highly addictive. He also states that certain people are strongly dependent on caffeine, which can cause real withdrawal symptoms.

Many people joke around about being “hooked on coffee” and other products containing caffeine but whether there is actually an issue of addiction is still debated. As Dr. George Koob, professor of the Committee on Neurobiology of Addictive Disorders at The Scripps Research Institute and his colleagues say, it is possible to become addicted to caffeine but the majority of people do not develop this problem.

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