By: Cedar Point Recovery 07 Jul 2016

Much like prescription drugs, caffeine is one drug that due to its common use and legality, is overlooked as being potentially harmful. Approximately 82 percent of the American population enjoy coffee in their daily diet, at an average of 2.1 caffeinated beverages per day.

In moderation, coffee is found to have quite a few health benefits, such as keeping type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and cancer at bay. In excess, however, it has been associated with elevated cholesterol levels and cardiovascular disease although the risk may be related to the level of its metabolism in one’s body.

Too much of a good thing is never good

Research has demonstrated that when coffee intake exceeds the recommended 400 milligrams per day repeatedly, one is at greater risk of experiencing withdrawal symptoms. The withdrawal symptoms which may range from mild to extreme are, but not limited to:

  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Impaired reflexes
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches

A study revealed that the most common withdrawal symptom was the presence of a headache – 50 percent. Similar to other drugs, these symptoms may present themselves anywhere between 12 to 24 hours after the most recent

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