In my previous rounds I have gone over what benefits you get from coffee, and what drawbacks there are. In this round I will look at the addiction side of coffee and caffeine and then come to my own conclusion of whether I think that coffee is healthy or unhealthy as I'm sure you will do as well.
And if you have followed my research, or decide to go back and read my previous rounds, please let me know your stance on this topic. I've loved all of the ideas and feedback I've gotten throughout this cycle, thank you!
My grade eight teacher once told our class that too much of something can be addictive. Whether it be sugar, TV, our phones, coffee, the sky's the limit. Maybe even past that. People can be addicted to anything.
Maureen Boyle said that, "Addiction is a biopsychosocial disorder. It's a combination of your genetics, your neurobiology and how that interacts with psychological and social factors." (1) Now with this being said, I don't think Maureen meant that if your parent was addicted to smoking, that you would be too. It just means that if your feeling wound up maybe you'd turn to substance for comfort, or something along those lines.
We often associate addiction with substance abuse and drug usage; however as I stated earlier you can be addicted to anything. Some people consider caffeine to be a drug, it is in that grouping because it is in fact a stimulant. But on the other hand coffee and caffeine are not the same thing. If you were to drink a cup of coffee, or a can of pop, sure you'd feel a little energized between the sugar and caffeine, but did you know that a lot of the caffeine in our pop is synthetically made in China, whereas the caffeine in coffee is extracted by heating the coffee beans up. (2)
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Personally I think that the benefits of drinking coffee outweigh the negative effects. With this being said, the caffeine in coffee is still highly addictive and you should not allow your body to heavily rely on coffee as a way to avoid sleep or to stay awake.
There are things that I have learned during this process such as how perhaps drinking coffee is better than drinking synthetically caffeinated pop. And that a vast majority of the negative effects of drinking coffee were based off a very slim chance of any of those effects actually happening.
Thank you for reading my research and I hope to hear what conclusions you've come to by reading my posts.