Many people who love coffee use it too often without even realizing they are addicted to it. It is viewed as an ordinary thing – the same way one takes water or meals. However, it is addictive as any other drug. One starts feeling the withdrawal effects any time he or she skips taking it.
Symptoms of Coffee Addiction
- Skipping your morning mug makes your head start pounding
Since coffee is a vasoconstrictor, it restricts the flow of blood thereby making it an effective headache reliever. Using coffee constantly makes the body used to restricted flow of blood and as such skipping it will cause a headache.
- When you cannot concentrate without taking it
Caffeine boosts the adrenaline in your body thereby helping one to stay alert and focused. When you are used to boosting it every single life, you may sometimes experience trouble in completing various tasks without it.
- You are always a little on edge
For some people, high doses of caffeine can cause jitters. It can also lead to anxiety and increase panic attacks especially those with mental issues. Cutting down your caffeine intake can reduce such effects.
- Feeling super grumpy before taking it
You know you are addicted when failure to take coffee makes you feel unhappy or unsatisfied. Caffeine is a stimulant for pleasure. If using it makes you feel good and not taking it leaves you in a bad mood, you are addicted to it.
- You need more to get similar effects as before
If you are used to taking a cup of coffee and the same quantity fails to give you same effects as you got before, it is a sign you are addicted. It only makes you feel as before when you take more of it than you have been taking it.
- It is hard just to stop using it
If you find out that you cannot wake up one a day and skip it, you are addicted. The only way out in such cases can be reducing the amount as time goes and eventually you will be out of it.