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The Science of Caffeine: The World’s Most Popular Drug
This video explains the science behind how caffeine keeps you awake and questions how much is safe to consume.


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Do you consume caffeine? How much? Do you think you should you give it up or lessen the amount you use? #DoNowUCaffeine


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Learn More About Caffeine

The chemical structure of caffeine
The chemical structure of caffeine (Icey/Wikipedia)

Caffeine is found in more than 60 species of plants. The most well-known natural sources are coffee beans, tea leaves, kola nuts and cacao pods. About 80 percent of U.S. adults use caffeine daily. For the coffee lover, caffeine is an important part of the morning. It helps jump start the day. But to the scientific community, caffeine has a mixed reputation due to the combination of benefits and risks it represents.

Moderate caffeine consumption increases alertness and reaction time, improves memory and cognitive skills, and improves mood. In a study conducted by the National Institute of Aging, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, participants who were given caffeine before a cognitive test scored higher than those who had no caffeine. Beyond that, studies suggest that the benefits of caffeine include helping to prevent Parkinson’s disease, reducing the risk of gallstones, preventing weight gain and even stimulating hair growth.

Long-term caffeine use has been found to increase the risk of certain kinds of heart disease, such as coronary heart disease and hypertension, but seems to lower the risk of other types of fatal heart diseases. More common risks of caffeine consumption above the recommended amounts include insomnia, a fast heartbeat, restlessness, and muscle tremors. A 2004 study showed that caffeine increases the effects of nicotine on the body, which means that smokers who consume caffeine may form stronger nicotine addiction.

Consuming moderate amounts of caffeine does not appear to be harmful, and may even be beneficial, but it’s not without risk. Will you give up caffeine?


More Resources

Video: SciShow
Caffeine!
Learn about the effects of caffeine on the body.

Article: National Academic Press
6 Caffeine Effects
Read about the effects of caffeine on various aspects of human behavior.

Website: Business Insider
Caffeine Consumption by Age
See how caffeine consumption compares by age and source.


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  • Megan Sanford

    Speaking from personal experience as a college student, caffeine gets me through the day. I am moderate in my intake, and it allows me to be alert and attentive in the classroom. I feel that the benefits of caffeine far outweigh the risks. It is a natural and cheap way to increase productivity without life-threatening effects to a person’s health, so why not take advantage of it? I believe that caffeine only becomes a problem when people become dependent on it, which in turn results in the health problems found within the article.

    • Alisha

      I do agree that the benefits are so strong. However, the only thing that worries me with that is that we mostly are getting short term benefits, where there are long term risks. It’s hard to see the risks, however, and link it back to caffeine, but easy to see the benefits since they happen right away (such as staying awake). #MyCMSTArgs

    • Robert Duron

      I completely agree with you. Caffeine is a smarter and safer way to get through the school grind compared to other methods taken by students. If you are aware of your intake, and take advantage of it’s effects to benefit yourself, you should be safe. When it comes to an all out means that you must have caffeine and continue with excessive intake, is when it is truly an addictive probelm. . #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowUCaffiene

    • Lauryn L.

      I agree that it does keep us awake and alert in the classroom but it also could have health problems that we are unaware of. I’m always worried that my body is becoming dependent on it so I like to take a few days off but do notice headache withdrawals.

    • Sage Carson

      Reading your comment made me think of drugs and those who use them. I’m sure drug users (specifically users of illegal drugs) always response to criticism by saying, “Yes, I use them but I’m not addicted to it.” I think everyone must be aware of addiction no matter how big or small you think your level of addiction is. Depending on something to get you through the day may be harmful in the beginning, but what about the affects of long-term use?

  • Jane C Jackson

    Roughly HALF of the population should avoid caffeine, due to their genetics. Caffeine genetics researcher Paolo Palatini wrote, “studying the average risk of coffee drinking in a population without taking into account the genetic background, as done in previous investigations, is of limited value, and the message may be even misleading.” He summarized his research at http://circheartfailure.ahajournals.org/content/5/6/e98.full

    Caffeine is a toxin. Dr. Palatini’s research confirmed that half of people of European descent break down (metabolize) caffeine very slowly, and the more coffee (caffeine) these people drink, the higher their blood pressure and the more at risk they are, for heart disease. Similar results were found by researchers Marilyn Cornelis and Ahmed El-Sohemy, in patients who had had heart attacks (myocardial infarction).

    Carriers of the slow allele (the rarer variant, C=cytosine) of CYP1A2 metabolize caffeine slowly. This contributes a lot to high blood pressure and to heart disease. This is crucial information — life-saving.
    #DoNowUCaffeine and @KQEDedspace

    • Logan Carter

      Here is a study conducted by Dr. Palatini in 2009: http://fileadmin.cs.lth.se/luarchive/www.oresund.org/food/content/download/67079/391463/file/Palatini%20-%20CYP1A2%20genotype_coffee%20intake_hypertensio_%20J%20Hypertension%202009.pdf
      His research does show correlation between Hypertension and the metabolization of caffeine among White individuals. However saying that half of everyone in the world should abstain from drinking caffeine is false and this topic needs further research.

      • Jane C Jackson

        Logan Carter: You can find much data showing that almost HALF of people of European descent should avoid caffeine, at this URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/SNP/snp_ref.cgi?rs=762551
        Scroll down to the section called “Population Diversity”. A/C & C/C genotypes metabolize caffeine slowly; this is about half of the European/Caucasian population. (A=adenine, C=cytosine. These are nucleotides in DNA. )

        My husband’s systolic blood pressure (BP) was 135 when he drank 4 cups of coffee each day. When he cut down to two cups, his BP reduced to 125. When he quit, it went down to 115, where it remains. (He takes his BP upon arising, before taking 40mg lisinopril and and 5 mg amlodipine besylate, a calcium channel blocker.) He is age 79 and had a TIA 4 years ago, and carotid artery surgery last summer. His other carotid artery is 50% blocked. So it is extremely important, that he have normal BP.

        Does your grandparent, parent, or anyone older in your extended family have high blood pressure? If so, perhaps caffeine is the cause, if they cannot bring it down to 120/80 with medication (like my husband). Better to have normal blood pressure, than to have a stroke and be partially disabled — or die! Please share this warning about caffeine with older folks; it can keep them healthy.

  • Brianna Levin

    I drink coffee several times a week, but I limit my intake of caffeine to avoid health risks. Headaches seem to be a common symptom of caffeine withdrawal, and I do not want to rely on caffeine to feel healthy on a daily basis. The recommended amount of caffeine was higher than I expected it to be, so I may start drinking coffee more regularly so I can benefit from the positive effects of moderate caffeine use. However, caffeine may have more risks for people with high-blood pressure or other pre-existing health problems.

    • Alisha

      I agree that caffeine, like most other things, should be taken in moderation. Like the article said, there are actually benefits with having caffeine in moderation! #MyCMSTArgs

    • Erica Marie

      I find it interesting that the article talked about caffeine having health benefits, but over-caffeination can lead to serious health problems. I found a great website discussing the correct caffeine intake for those who crave their morning coffee. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowUCaffeine http://www.caffeineinformer.com/caffeine-myths-and-facts

      • Brianna Levin

        Thank you for sharing the website! I thought it was helpful that it explained safe levels of caffeine based on age and specific health problems as well as weight. The link you shared seemed to have a similar viewpoint on the effects of moderate caffeine use as this article. The website focused on risks of caffeine use by children, and it’s frightening that we know less about potential health risks of caffeine for children than adults.

      • Kelsie Adams

        The article that you have linked states that the recommended amount of caffeine is less than 400 mg per day which was stated in this article. This website was has states the same thing under recommended amount. http://coffeeandhealth.org/topic-overview/guidelines-on-caffeine-intake/

    • Lauryn L.

      I mentioned caffeine headache withdrawals in one of my other comments but I do get those which kind of makes me think my body is becoming dependent on it. However, it is hard to function in a college structure without it!

  • Alisha

    As the article stated, caffeine in moderation can actually be beneficial. I do not think a person who has caffeine in moderation needs to eliminate caffeine from their diet completely. If people are monitoring their caffeine in take and being aware of their genetics, sex and even age (http://www.businessinsider.com/caffeine-consumption-by-age-2015-4), then it’s okay to drink caffeine. Especially since, for a moderate drinker, the benefits are immediate and be seen or felt right away that day. However, if someone who sometimes drinks coffee develops a heart disease, that is a long term effect that could have no relation to the caffeine. Like most things, moderate consumption levels are better. #MyCMSTArgs

  • Luke Wise

    I don’t rely on caffeine too much…only when it’s crunch time for finals. Honestly, I understand the harms of over consuming caffeine but sometimes a man needs a cup of joe to get him through the day. Plus, coffee dates are better for your health than going out to the bars. Either way, I do not worry about my caffeine intake killing me. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowUCaffiene

    • Erica Marie

      Bringing up the topic of caffeine for finals, I think its a better alternative than adderall, a substance most students use to focus. A cup of coffee every couple of days is no big deal, but it can definitely become a problem once it is an every day addiction. People who need it to wake up will probably have health problems in the future, which makes sense. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowUCaffiene

      • Karla

        I agree that coffee is a better alternative than adderall, i think thats a really good point to make. A few days of relying on coffee to stay up and focus should not become addictive. #MyCMSTArgs

        • Courtney Amber

          When the definition of addiction is looked up the internet says that “Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences”. Depending on what definition of addiction is utilized caffeine isn’t considered to be addictive, ” regular use of caffeine does cause mild physical dependence. But caffeine doesn’t threaten your physical, social, or economic health the way addictive drugs do.” http://www.webmd.com/balance/caffeine-myths-and-facts
          https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/media-guide/science-drug-abuse-addiction-basics

        • Alexandra Julia Palomino

          I never really thought about that connection. But it is very relevant, during finals a decent amount of students do use drugs other than caffeine in order to be productive and study for finals. So I guess it is the lesser of two evils, even though I wouldn’t describe coffee as being evil. #MyCMSTArgs

      • Robert Duron

        I agree with you 100% that this is a smarter safer way to get through the school grind than adderal. I do the same thing and will have coffee when I know i have a long night ahead of me. However, I also drink a cup or 2, 5-6 days of the week but don’t see it as a means of waking up. I get up fine without it, I just like the taste and as a compliment to breakfast. I understand the health problems associated with caffeine howver do not think it’s somehting we must worry about when compared to things like adderal. . #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowUCaffiene

      • Harley

        I think that is an interesting thought, I was wondering where you heard that most students use adderall to focus? To be fair what this article is addressing is that the people who need caffeine to wake up will not have the health problems that you are stating they will have. There is a link to where there is a doctor recommendation for caffeine a day is less then 400mg. If you are interested in looking into it the link is: http://coffeeandhealth.org/topic-overview/guidelines-on-caffeine-intake/

    • Nicholas Feeley

      Coffee really does provide a pick me up most people need. As this article says 80% of adults use coffee on a regular basis. Its pretty much just a part of American life. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowUCaffeine

  • Erica Marie

    Caffeine for adults definitely seems like an every morning thing, an addiction. In life I believe everything must be consumed in moderation, consuming things no matter how healthy it seems, in an excessive/addictive way is probably unhealthy. I don’t drink coffee every day, but my roommate does and she drinks about 2 cups of coffee with 3 cups of tea each day, that’s A LOT of caffeine! With all that she has a hard time sleeping at night, but at random times in the day get extremely sleepy. So I agree people that who consistently have caffeine should make it a less habitual thing. #MYCMSTArgs #DoNowUCaffiene

    • Mason Dossey

      I agree that anything that’s addictive should be consumed in moderation. I’m also not a huge coffee drinker and I agree with everything you said 🙂 #MyCMSTArgs

  • Mason Dossey

    Caffeine is definitely addictive, and anything that is addictive is harmful. I believe being addicted to anything is bad for your health, so if someone gets addicted to caffeine then yes, I think they should give it up. Break your habits! Personally, I drink coffee sometimes so it isn’t a concern to me. #MyCMSTArgs

    • Karla

      I agree that it is addictive and bad for your health. Being dependent on it to get through you’re day could be really bad if your not able to have it. Withdrawals could be bad. Defiantly a habit to break for the better of you’re health! #MyCMSTArgs

    • Maddie Barraza

      I agree that caffeine consumption is only a problem only if i manifests into an addiction. If you have it occasionally, and you aren’t relying on it, then I see no reason for someone to stop. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowUCoffee

      • Alexandra Julia Palomino

        Very good point, drinking coffee or consuming caffeine is probably not a problem until it because addictive. Like anything else you don’t want to be reliant on something in order to function throughout your daily life. #MyCMSTArgs

    • Nishi Patel

      I agree, being addicted to anything is a bad thing, and with coffee people need it just to stay awake, when a good nights sleep would a far better solution. But increased amounts of caffeine consumption can lead to insomnia which only makes one more tired in the morning. So although coffee fixed the problem temporarily, in the long run it can create more problems than it helps.

  • Karla

    I personally do not drink a lot of coffee, so i don’t think i really have a lot to give up. But i do have a lot of friends who are highly addictive to having more than 5 cups of coffee a day. They rely on it heavily to stay awake during the day to get through school and work. At this point i definitely think they are addicted and dependent on coffee to get through there day. This article shows the ages in which people are most likely to drink a lot of coffee. http://www.businessinsider.com/caffeine-consumption-by-age-2015-4 #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowUCoffee

  • Rachel L

    I feel that caffeine, as a whole, should be watched, due to the increased risk of heart diseases that may become present (SENCER). However, I am one to drink coffee on occasion and I do agree that it definitely wakes me up in the morning. I also feel that giving up caffeine is a very broad topic because many things can contain caffeine not just coffee or tea. A graph located in the Business Insider article, “Here’s How Much Caffeine People Consume at Every Age” by Ashley Lutz, shows that people around the ages of 13- 17 consume approximately 75 mg of caffeine per day. Whereas, people ages 50-64 consume approximately 225 mg of caffeine per day (2010-2011). Now I’ll be honest I am unfamiliar with what the exact “healthy” amount of caffeine is, but I do believe that having an occasional caffeine supplement or product that contains it is definitely the right way to go. So in answer to the question: No. I do not believe we should give up caffeine.

  • allyson

    I drink one pod’s worth of caffeine every morning – divided over about 20 oz of water. I always have to enhance fat burning before I go to the gym. While I have been having it every morning for at least 10 years, I feel no effects when I occasionally skip. I do, though feel the effects of caffeine if I happen to have a cup with dessert any time after about 5pm and cannot fall asleep.

    • Rigoberto Lomas-Velazco

      If taken in moderation and at the right times, coffee shouldn’t have too negative an effect on your body. Like the video said there are many benefits to drinking coffee.

  • Robert Duron

    I understand the risks of coffee and caffeine especially, however cannot see myself giving it up. I normally have a cup at least a day while skipping it every so often. I do not feel side effects when i skip drinking it and definitely feel the benefits when I do. If i know i am going to have a late night with schoolwork, i will make more and it essential for keeping me up. As bad as it sounds, although, I understand the long term affects of caffeine, I tend to ignore them and will probably continue to have on average a cup or 2 a day. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowUCaffeine

    • Maddie Barraza

      I agree, and have the same coffee ritual as you. It’s crazy how different you feel after just one cup, and when I do skip it, it’s not like I’m about to relapse or something. We just need to find our happy medium when it comes to caffeine.

      #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowUCaffeine

  • Maddie Barraza

    I am a recent coffee drinker, only drinking one cup in the morning, and a cup of tea in the afternoon. When I was new the coffee, and the all powerful drug that is caffeine was something I hadn’t really explore yet, my reaction was not pleasant. I would pound down three or four cups in an hour. After I was feel so jittery, and shaking, I could barely focus. I thought that it wasn’t for me, but after giving it another shot, I found a happy medium, and look forward to my two daily doses of caffeine. If someone can find their happy meduin when drinking coffee, tea, energy drink, ect, then by all means I say drink it. It’s only when you start feeling negative affects, or seem addicted to it should you consider stopping. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowUCaffeine

    • Megan Sanford

      I completely agree with you. Because everyone’s body tolerates caffeine differently, it is important for people to be aware of their personal limits. For some, caffeine just doesn’t work. However, for others, it does. I use caffeine to my advantage to get work done as a college student, but I am very careful about when I drink it. Drinking it before bed keeps me up during the night and I find myself exhausted the next day. With that in mind, I like to enjoy one dose of caffeine each morning and it seems to be enough to get me through the day. I see nothing at all wrong with caffeine, so long as people are aware of how their bodies tolerate it.

  • EndlessBeauty

    Two cups of coffee a day would be my limit. In the beginning of the day I would make a cup in the morning. When I know it’s going to be a long night, staying up doing homework, I will make a cup at night with a side of chocolate or some type of sweet. I think coffee is great for people that are in college and that having long working days. Not only does coffee help you focus, to me it helps me get things done faster without stoping. For some people coffee is too much and all it does is keeps them bouncing off walls and not focusing on what they intended on to do. Tea to me would be a better use of caffeine because to me it isn’t so strong. #MyCMST255

    • Jasmine Johnson

      This is a great way to reap the benefits of caffeine without the more serious risks. Using coffee for a small boost to help you feel more alert in the mornings is much better than depending on its effects to get through every day.

  • Alexandra Julia Palomino

    Yes, I drink caffeine about 1 cup of coffee during the weekdays. I don’t think i’ll ever stop drinking coffee, but I easily could. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/01/07/coffee-new-u-s-dietary-guidelines-say-you-can-have-up-to-5-cups-a-day/?utm_term=.27aa73e71d2e

  • sydney

    Does anyone believe that there is a certain age for people to start drinking coffee? From my personal experience, my parents didn’t allow me and my siblings to have alot of caffeine growing up, but now that we’re older we can intake what we want. Yes there are benefits and health risks to caffeine intake, but can age effect that?

    • Courtney Amber

      Health risks without a doubt differ within each age range because you are at different developmental stages

    • Austin Blair

      That could be the next new law. I would think the legal age would start around 16-18?

  • Morgan Peters

    The slightly addictive nature of caffeine should be considered of course. However, the short and long term benefits when moderately consuming (400mg at maximum per day as previously stated in this article) are very important. As a college student, being alert is a large part of success in my classes and caffeine does the job perfectly. I feel that the negative outcomes are a later consequence, but hey, Carpe Diem. Read up on the facts@ https://www.nap.edu/read/18607/chapter/7#95 .

  • JeffCMST

    Personally I use a lot of caffeine and in reality I should cut down on using it because it’s definitely not healthy for my body. At the same time we need caffeine because it helps us get by the day and accomplish stuff we need to do. For example, me as a college student caffeine is my best friend because it wakes me up and keeps me from falling asleep because we have deadlines we have to meet and in reality you don’t have time to sleep because of all the homework or projects you need to do. I know for a fact that I need to cut down on caffeine because like I said it’s not healthy and can cause more serious injury to me in the future. #DoNowUCaffeine #MyCMSTArgs

    • Rigoberto Lomas-Velazco

      I completely understand where you are coming from. It is ridiculously tough to get everything without needing to resort to coffee or other energy drinks. But I also believe that if you constantly keep giving your body caffeine it will grow dependent on it. Whether it be a biological dependency or a subconscious one. I used to drink coffee all the time when I was younger and I felt like if i didn’t have my coffee fix in the morning I would be completely useless. So I started drinking caffeine-free coffee or hot tea in the mornings. I found out that both the substitutes would have the same affect on me as regular coffee. Maybe I’m just weird and I accidentally gave myself the placebo effect. However, I was able to reduce the amount of coffee I drink on a daily basis down to a few emergency situations a month.

  • Rigoberto Lomas-Velazco

    I can see the benefit of using caffeine being a college student and feeling like there aren’t enough hours in the day. But there are way too many individuals who form a dependency on it. I also feel like culture is a big factor in coffee consumption. There is always that stigma that college student have to drink coffee at all times. Every college campus has at least one coffee shop, so how could you avoid the temptation. There are also coffee shops that you have to go to if you want to be part of the “in” crowd. Here in Chico I see everyone with a Dutch Bro’s coffee cup, and they’re always bragging about how you have to go there for a good cup of coffee. I try to limit my consumption of it. The only times I will have coffee are when I was not able to sleep at all the previous night, or when I know I am going to have a long night ahead of me. And if I do have coffee I never have more than one cup a day.

    • Jodi DeMassa

      I completely agree with you. It’s a smart idea to limit coffee comsumption, taking into account that it’s bad for you. As a college student, I feel that way even with coffee. I would say that I’m fairly dependent on coffee; I certainly do get coffee to wake up, but I also am I big teadrinker. I’ve noticed that I usually get coffee for social reasons though. #MyCMSTArgs

    • Kim Cuong Nguyen

      I agree that limiting coffee consumption is a good idea because coffee isn’t a very healthy beverage. I am someone who’s pretty in love with coffee, so I drink it on the regular. What I realized is that every time I don’t drink coffee or have some caffeine that day, I would get a migraine. I then googled it, and google said it’s caffeine withdrawal. So I would drink tea instead of coffee because I wouldn’t face caffeine withdrawal. All in all, I think limiting coffee consumption is a smart thing to do, but I also think it is an individual’s choice whether to consume coffee or not. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowUCaffeine

    • Nicholas Feeley

      I think another thing to take into account is how you drink your coffee. If you drink it black or drink an expresso it can be more of a pick me up but with less of the ingredients that lead to negative health effects. While caffeine itself can be unhealthy in large doses when you add a pound of sugar or artificial sweetener and milk it probably is a lot worse. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowUCaffeine

  • Austin Blair

    Wow until I watched that video I found caffeine to be harmless. Drinking black coffee everyday for the energy is not the best idea looking back on it. However even though caffeine is undoubtedly a drug, it will forever be implemented in our society to keep people motivated and moving throughout the day. Caffeine is also a huge market, with Starbucks and dutch bros raking in millions a day on coffee, they are getting all of america hooked on caffeine. While the energy drink side is serving caffeine to whoever doesn’t like the taste of coffee. All in all I have no problem with affine and I will still continue to stimulate my brain with its chemical capabilities.

    • Jodi DeMassa

      I agree that caffeine is essential for an industrial society. We work long hours, get hardly any rest, and thus need to rely on caffeine to make it through the day. #MYCMSTArgs

  • Jodi DeMassa

    I believe that the benefits outweigh the cons as long as you keep it under control. Much like drinking, I’d pay attention to how you’re feeling so that you don’t develop a headache or tense up to make sure that you’re not abusing it. I’d also be weary about how frequently you’re doing it to watch out for being dependent on it. As a college student, I believe it’s definitely a good thing to have coffee. #MyCMSTArgs

    • hayleyhibbens

      I completely agree. As long as a person isn’t having any negative side effects then I don’t see any problem with drinking coffee routinely each day!

  • Lauryn L.

    I used to hate caffeine because it made me so jittery and gave me anxiety. However, when I started college I actually began to crave caffeine due to all the work I had to do, little time I had to do it, and long days I had to last through. I have a caffeine intake of once to twice every day just to keep myself alert. I fell like caffeine intake can become a tolerant addiction but I couldn’t make it through a day without it.

  • Jasmine Johnson

    Growing up, I never drank coffee or energy drinks because I never liked how they tasted. I also never really felt affected by the caffeine found in soda. When I got to college, I thought I was going to have to teach myself to like coffee, but I was afraid of the long-term effects. I have witnessed how a caffeine dependence affects my friends; for some of them, their symptoms are worse than just being groggy without their morning cup of coffee. Some of them experience mood swings and headaches.

    • Aditi Dave

      I completely agree with what you’re saying; some of my friends are heavy coffee drinkers, and I have already started to see how dependent they are without it once they have built a tolerance to it. I even know a couple friends who have been diagnosed with irregular heart beats due to the stimulant effects of caffeine, and it is frustrating to see that the very think they thought helps them to work is hurting them in the end.

  • hayleyhibbens

    I personally never got into drinking coffee specifically because I hate the taste. However both my roommates are very avid coffee drinkers and it doesn’t seem the affect them negatively in any way. The only complaint I have ever noticed they’ve had about coffee is that on mornings when they don’t drink it they have a much more difficult time of getting their day up and moving. I think whether or not a person needs that extra boost of coffee each morning is up to them, I don’t see the difference one way or the other! #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowUCaffeine

    • Kim Cuong Nguyen

      I agree. I think the decision to drink coffee is up the person. I always hear how coffee is bad for you, but so is most of the foods/ drinks people consume. I think most people who drink coffee have heard from somewhere it’s not a healthy beverage, but people still drink it because they like it. I don’t think we should prohibit people from consuming a product they like, especially if its something trivial like coffee. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowUCaffeine

    • Elizabeth Tammi

      I don’t let myself drink coffee daily, because I’m afraid of developing a dependency. My dad drinks coffee every day, like your roommates, and when he can’t have it, he gets awful headaches. While I definitely don’t think coffee is a terrible thing, it’s always a good idea to keep it moderation.

  • Louisla4

    My question is: From where/what is the caffeine which is added to Coke, No-Doze and all other products derived? Is it the byproduct of the de-caffeinization process ? (I’m guessing not.) Is a crop grown for it? Is it synthesized….using what as it’s components?

  • Nishi Patel

    I personally I only drink tea or coffee occasionally. After coming to college, I drink it maybe once a week and not because I need it to boost my energy level, but just because it’s there. I think that in moderation caffeine is okay to drink, and helps a lot of people to stay awake. But I have also noticed that a lot of people are addicted to it and get through the day without it and I think that that’s alarming. It’s almost as though people are becoming addicted to it and that isn’t really a good thing in and of itself.

    • William Darragh

      Caffeine has some of the same addictive qualities as any drug, and just like other drugs people develop cravings and when they do not get their drug, they experience withdrawal. You bring up a good point in saying that you drink coffee just because it is there; coffee is so socialized that it is hard not to drink coffee. Drinking coffee is almost a part of a business practice considering how often meetings are conducted over coffee. If the amount of coffee being consumed scares you, I would suggest looking into one of the scariest aspects of the growing demand for coffee, like unattainable farming practices and poor labor practices of huge coffee producers.

  • Kim Cuong Nguyen

    Personally I could never give up caffeine. I have to drink at least one cup of coffee a day, otherwise, I get hit with a migraine. I understand that caffeine isn’t healthy, but I think it’s up to the individual whether or not they want to give it up or continue drinking it. A lot of foods and drinks are extremely unhealthy, but people still consume it because it tastes soooo good. Here are a list of foods that are bad for you: http://www.eatthis.com/unhealthiest-foods-on-the-planet
    All in all, giving up coffee for me is like giving up instant noodles…. without instant noodles my life as a college student would be tough.
    #MyCMSTArgs #NoNowUCaffeine

  • Maya Rosenblum

    I do not drink coffee, however I do sometimes drink caffeinated sodas and beverages. Since it is not on a daily basis, I do not feel the need to stop drinking them. That being said, if I were to be having multiple caffeinated drinks per day, then I’d need to slow down.

    • Elizabeth Tammi

      I think that’s a great idea! Avoiding daily intake of caffeine, without cutting it out entirely, seems like a very safe and healthy decision. I don’t drink caffeinated drinks every day, but I definitely have a bit more than I think I should. I sometimes get slight headaches if I go without caffeine for a while, which isn’t good. It’s a work in progress haha!

    • Carolyn Gurstein

      I agree that since it is such a low intake that you do not need to stop what you’re doing. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowUCaffeine

  • Maya Rosenblum

    I also did not know that caffeine came from so many different types of plants. It’s interesting to learn more about something people barely even think about when they drink something.

  • Nicholas Feeley

    Coffee itself isn’t really that unhealthy unless you have a heart condition. What makes the way Americans drink coffee unhealthy is that the coffee is generally drenched in sugar and cream. People consume energy drinks, lattes, and Arizona sweet teas that are loaded with corn syrup and added sugar. No one need to quit caffeine if they don’t want to and people should be able to receive relevant information on what they consume and its health benefits or lack there of. I personally think that anyone should be able to make their own decision on how much or how little caffeine they decide to drink. I don’t really find caffeine to be bad by itself but to be bad when paired with sugar. http://foodbabe.com/2016/03/02/dont-add-sugar-to-your-coffee-heres-what-to-do-instead/ The real killers that must be fought are obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions that can occur from eating too much sugar, sodium, and fat. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowUCaffeine

  • Aditi Dave

    Coffee truly plays an integral part of an active user’s life. For some, from moment they wake up, the need for coffee is essential to take on the day. Although there are a few health benefits involved with drinking coffee regularly, the dependence of coffee and the risks involved with it weighs over the benefits. Caffeine is a drug that has the potential to cause addiction and dependence. As tolerance is developed over daily sips, a person is more likely to drink even more than the norm and recommended coffee intake, thus increase their risk of health issues, such as heart disease. Moreover, this overuse of the stimulant increases hyperactivity and anxiety, both factors that lead to less concentration on work and studies. Without coffee and dependence, people do not have to aggravate the risks to live a normal life.

    • Sarah Tuttle

      While you make a good point, I think there is certainly a variety of situations in which drinking coffee would be preferable to not. We don’t have the ability to pick all of our circumstances, and we all face unique situations. If you can imagine that someone was up all night with a crying baby but has to go to work the next day, drinking coffee would certainly be preferable to driving while tired. If a person didn’t sleep well the night before but needs to be alert at work in order to keep their job, drinking caffeine would be preferable to putting oneself in financial jeopardy. While overuse of caffeine can be dangerous, I think being tired arguably poses as many or more risks, but certainly more immediate risks, than caffeine use. You mention that caffeine use can increase anxiety, but people who have already have anxiety disorders often have trouble sleeping, which makes them more likely to use caffeine in the morning. Additionally, people with sleep disorders are more likely to suffer from anxiety than people without sleep disorders, so these people face a more difficult decision regarding whether or not they should drink caffeinated beverages. For these reasons, I think that it is difficult to evaluate the effects of caffeine on anxiety, and I believe that people with sleep and anxiety disorders are at a decided disadvantage when it comes to balancing the management of their disorder with other aspects of their health.

  • Christian Winds

    Because of caffeine’s negative effects, I choose not to consume any caffeine – to me, I have no strong need for caffeine’s benefits, and the risks of caffeine are too large for me to try to consume caffeine. I do wonder, however, if research into caffeine’s prevention and promotion of certain diseases, including Parkinson’s disease and several heart diseases, could eventually lead to the creation of new disease prevention and cure methods.

    • bgirl272

      That is an interesting idea, and I think that it is definitely a possibility that they can use caffeine for medicinal uses in the future. I think that while choosing not to have any caffeine is entirely a personal choice that I respect, that it is not necessary because caffeine isn’t that dangerous when used in moderation.

    • Bridget Trogden

      Or, I think that it may also be the other ingredients that are co-extracted with the caffeine into water (antioxidants, etc.). As a chemist, this really fascinates me. Sometimes, nature makes the best medicines!

  • Christian Winds

    As I considered the effects of caffeine, I noticed that caffeine’s negative effects could be perceived similarly to medicines’ side effects. Despite the potential side effects of medicines, medicines still cure individuals and save lives. The occurrence of caffeine risks, to my current understanding, is not a guaranteed chance – the risks may or may not occur, and their occurrence lacks perfect certainty. As caffeine constantly carries health risk, however, careful awareness of consumption amounts is needed to prevent overconsumption. Consideration of the strength of caffeine’s risks may also need to be considered – a person may need to decide whether caffeine’s risk is too large in comparison to caffeine’s benefits, and further consideration may be needed for deciding whether caffeine’s risks defeat the purposes of consuming caffeine, in the senses of a risk or risks making caffeine benefits either less usable or fully unusable. An overreliance upon caffeine could lead to a situation worse than conditions prior to caffeine use. Safer methods of obtaining caffeine’s benefits may exist, and those methods may not necessarily involve drugs nor drawbacks.
    Additionally, I feel some concern about lifestyle aspects themselves potentially creating greater need of caffeine’s benefits – for example, a task set could be so highly demanding that caffeine seems necessary to complete the tasks, despite caffeine’s risks. The possibility of such an event arising raises a question of what task sizes are truly too large to safely complete – a task completable with a safer method, or a task completable with little or no external assistance, could be viewed as dangerously demanding; and a task that is truly dangerously demanding could be viewed as a task with medium or low work demand. My own concern about the aforementioned possibility of high difficulty is not in regard to general difficulty, but specifically for tasks with extremes of high difficulty. Determining what tasks may be excessively difficult, however, carries its own difficulty, as capabilities will likely vary from person to person, and also from circumstance to circumstance. If society as a whole were to become too dependent upon caffeine, though, society’s progress could easily become self-defeating and self-destructive from the occurrence of caffeine’s risks. If some lifestyle aspects are indeed unhealthily demanding, perhaps, in at least some situations, safer methods could be developed to accomplish the same desired goals of those lifestyle aspects in healthier ways that offer greater benefit.

    • Julia Scher

      I definitely agree that high caffeine intake could be correlated with an overly demanding lifestyle. While it can be useful for specific circumstances, dependence on any drug is unsafe. If a task cannot be completed without the aid of caffeine, the person attempting to complete the task should assess whether or not they have a healthy lifestyle. I consume caffeine semi-regularly (a couple of times per week), but I have never noticed any cognitive effects (ie I can nap after drinking coffee). If I notice myself becoming dependent on it, I will definitely try to limit my intake.

  • Julia Scher

    As with all things, I believe that the key is moderation. Though caffeine can decrease the risk of certain diseases, it can increase the risk of others. Drinking caffeine in moderation along with regular exercise and a balanced diet is most likely the best solution for this issue. Even if the risks caffeine presents seem mild, future research may discover new information, so I believe that it is best to limit caffeine intake.

    • bgirl272

      I agree that moderation is key! If you enjoy caffeine and its affects have it! As long as someone isn’t abusing it, in my opinion, it is fine.

  • William Darragh

    Let me just begin by saying that just about every morning I start off my day by hand grinding coffee that I order roasted in small batches from a company committed to creating the darkest, strongest, most caffeinated coffee in the world called Death Wish Coffee. Needless to say, I am a coffee and caffeine devotee. As I found myself delving into the world of coffee, I thought that I ought to research the health benefits and disadvantages, so I already knew almost all of the information on this post. I am a firm believer that the health benefits to coffee outweigh the disadvantages. I think one important thing to keep in mind that the article did not address is that just consuming caffeine alone will not give you the full advantages of its health benefit. Caffeine needs to be combined with diet and exercise in order to be made effective; the energy gained by drinking caffeine is wasted if one does not live an active lifestyle. Also, coffee has become a sort of cultural phenomenon. People meet at coffee shops to do work or talk, and so this caffeinated beverage is now a conversation starter. I always believe that a good cup of coffee with a good conversation makes for a great time.

    • Bridget Trogden

      Ha! I love the opening to your post!

  • bgirl272

    I consume caffeine, but not a lot. I believe that everything, unless extremely dangerous is fine in moderation. I am not reliant on caffeine, and I only have it when I’m in the mood for it just like everything else. If I was reliant on it I would definitely try to limit myself because addiction is never a good thing. http://www.moderation.org/

    • Carolyn Gurstein

      I think that’s a good idea, you should never rely on something for your energy like caffeine. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowUCaffeine

    • Anna Ingram

      I believe this is the best idea. Many things are bad for us to intake, but moderation typically keeps us from experiencing the negatives.

  • Hillary Clintub

    Get healthy. Starve a poor Colombian family.

  • Tucker Buffington

    It was interesting to read all of these facts about caffeine consumption. I myself am not a coffee drinker, but I do drink a fair amount of Dr. Pepper. I try to limit myself to one Dr. Pepper a day, but I wonder if the caffeine risks are the same for soft drinks as they are for coffee? This is an interesting question to ponder. Either way, it all comes down to the way you moderate your intake. Just as if you were moderating your food diet, it’s important to moderate your “drink diet” as well.

    • Bridget Trogden

      But Dr. Pepper has so many other artificial ingredients (plus sugar)! Eek!

      • Tucker Buffington

        This is a good point! That’s why I wonder if the effects of Dr. Pepper are the same as coffee or if the additives change things. I will say that I think it has the same kind of effect regarding dependency. My aunt is an avid coffee drinker, and when she goes a while without coffee she gets major headaches. Likewise, if I go about a week without having Dr. Pepper (or any soda for that matter), I start to develop major headaches as well. I think it would be an interesting study to see the effects of artificial ingredients have on caffeinated beverages other than coffee. Do they weaken the effects of caffeine? Do they make the effects of caffeine worse? These are all interesting questions to ponder.

  • Ben LI

    Personally I don’t drink many thing that include caffeine. I think some people need caffeine to function so if you don’t need it to function you should limit drinking it. Caffeine is consider a drug so it does not benefit your health. I think it should be alright if you drink in moderation otherwise you should drink less drinks that has caffeine.

  • starsfromabove

    Do you consume caffeine? How much? Do you think you should you give it up or lessen the amount you use?
    I occasionally drink tea on the weekends and I usually drink a medium sized cup. I think that I should lessen the amount because most days when I drink it, I have a hard time sleeping and usually say up very late. This is bad because humans need at least 8 hours of sleep each day and often times, I only get 5 hours of sleep and don’t get the well rested sleep I need

  • Julian Kirk

    I don’t really drink things like coffee that have caffeine in them but I do drink soft drinks which do have caffeine in them. I think caffeine isn’t all that good for you and you should cut back on it if you can but at the same time, some people need it in their lives to function which I suppose is fine too, it is not exactly the worse thing in the world either.

    • Diana Avila

      Yeah exactly I agree with you. Cutting back on it is the right thing to do for your health but it’s hard once you get into the habit of drinking it. For me, getting coffee is just part of my routine and as much as I wish i could go without it I can’t.
      #MyCMSTArgs

  • Carolyn Gurstein

    I have never been one to drink caffeine because I simply do not like the taste. I do have family members that intake a lot of caffeine but I have yet to see any harmful affects on them. This article, https://www.nap.edu/read/18607/chapter/7#95 talks about some affects of caffeine but I feel like since I don’t drink caffeine I don’t understand first hand the affects it has on people. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowUCaffeine

  • Sage Carson

    Personally, I am not a coffee drinker. I love the way it smells, but I absolutely hate the way it taste. However, I did not know that long-term use possibly decreases some heart diseases and hypertension. While this is good, we cannot ignore the possible disadvantages of drinking coffee. In my opinion, any type of food, drink, or drug that causes some type of dependence or possible addiction by its users should be a concern. You should never feel the like you have to have something to get through the day.

    • Travis Meeks

      ” You should never feel the like you have to have something to get through the day. ” I respect this. Caffeine should be in addition to healthy habits rather than replacing them; something I need to work on still! Relying solely on caffeine intake (primarily through coffee) would seem to cause the most health risks.

      • Sage Carson

        I completely agree. Having a dependence on caffeine is no different than having an addiction to a drug or alcohol or any other substance out society views as bad.

  • Lorena Z

    I personally do not drink that much caffeine. I only drink it at restaurants and family parties, which is rare. I believe that caffeine is not good for our bodies and people should only cut back if they are drinking a lot of it. I think it is good to drink it every now and then, but not every single day. Our bodies do not need to be running on a bunch of sugar because it’ll cause bunch of health problems.

  • Anna Ingram

    I drink coffee on occasion, mainly when I have a lot of work to do. While there are many disadvantages of long term caffeine use, the short term effects almost outweigh it. Being alert and having better cognitive memory are great things to have, especially when in college. It is best for the user to watch the caffeine intake and use his best judgment.

    • Bridget Trogden

      I think the health issues of what you consumer WITH the caffeine matter, too. Those giant mocha drinks at Starbucks can have as much sugar as 2 daily allowances!

    • Jack Xhemali

      I think we should watch out for hire often we need to rely on caffeine in order to function properly. If we become too dependant on caffeine it wouldn’t be good at all.

    • Diana Avila

      I agree, your personal judgement is your strong suit in this circumstance. As i’m also in college I think that it gets the job done, keeping you alert and improves your memory.
      #MyCMSTArgs

  • Jack Xhemali

    Caffeine is not good in large doses but the negative effects are rather minimal compared to some benefits of being able to work through exhaustion.

    • Travis Meeks

      I can agree with this. I find it helps most if you ensure the caffeine you take in is through something not also loaded with sugar, which just intensifies a later crash. I haven’t felt any ill effects of a 16oz of black coffee everyday on the week days, though I could be blind to long term consequences.

  • Sarah Tuttle

    This information is very interesting, but I don’t think it has convinced me to stop drinking coffee. I think the amount of sugar and other ingredients in coffee also has a large influence on it’s short and long term effects, and I think by limiting the amount of sugar in coffee as well and practicing other good health habits, the negative side effects can be kept to a minimum.

  • Diana Avila

    Despite the evidence and info given, it does not convince me enough to stop drinking coffee. Caffeine is a dose I need, but personally it makes my anxiety worse, so I have to manage it depending on that. Over all, students are attracted to coffee to give them that boost they need. With some health problems in the future I do think it all depends on the person and if they’re willing to risk that. Personally, Ive been drinking coffee since I was a toddler and I believe that different cultures have different beliefs. I don’t think i’ll stop consuming caffeine but it could change.
    #MyCMSTArgs

  • Garrett Hagan

    While caffeine isn’t something you should consume every day in large amounts, it can be beneficial in some aspects such as giving you energy in the morning before class or work. I don’t think think you should completely give up on caffeine completely.

  • Corey Goldsmith

    #ENVI110 I’m not a coffee drinker but I am a big soda drinker never knew caffeine had a lethal limit.

  • Gavin Lorey

    Unless an individual is drinking extreme amounts of coffee, one should not give up coffee if dependent on coffee. Some might experience side effects such as headaches if quit completely. The “lethal” amount of caffeine is almost an undrinkable amount within a certain time period. #Envi110

  • Dakota Short

    Personally I do believe coffee isn’t good for you but I’m not sure about it being dangerous. It said you would need to drink a crazy amount of coffee for it to be deadly. Even if it is very harmful to the human body no matter what you do people will keep drinking coffee and other caffeine products.

  • Bailey Martin

    I believe this information is very interesting, but I don’t know if there is enough to back it. I personally have not drank caffeine in a very long time, but I do believe that you shouldn’t consume it on a daily in high amounts. However, I do think it comes in handy when people need that extra “boost” in the morning, or to get through a long day at work. Maybe there is a way to come up with something else that can be a replacement for caffeine in the future. #ENVI110

  • Ariana Perez

    Drinking coffee has negative effects on the body, yet people rely on it to get through the day. Therefore, the video isn’t convincing enough to give up completely.

  • Laken Fraime

    Personally, I believe that caffeine has pros and cons. Yes, it is not the best thing to drink for your body, but at the same time, there should be a good balance between caffeine and healthier drinks, such as water and juice. Caffeine consumed in large amounts can lead to health problems and overall effect your well being. Large amounts of caffeine can balance your body in a way that relies on that caffeine, which could be very harmful. #ENVI110

  • Nicole Griffin

    Although caffeine isn’t good for you, I think you are still able to drink it as long as you do it moderately and in small doses. Coffee still will play vital roles in adult and students lives, being able to keep them awake and on task. Although there are risks that come along with the consumption of caffeine, benefits are also available. To most, the benefits will out way the risks. #ENVI110

  • Cam trout

    I agree that caffeine isn’t the best thing for us but I also do not believe it is the worst thing for us. I am a runner and I usually have 1 can of pop a day to make sure I have something else besides just water in my body. Some people may not agree with this but this is what I personally believe and what I think works for me. I think a lot of caffeine for people who aren’t active is not a good thing. For people who are active it is not as bad, but we should realize how much caffeine we put into our body. #envi110

  • Jason Sullivan

    I think just like anything else as long as you moderate your caffeine consumption the effects would not harm you but actually benefit your day to day life.

  • MaKaiya Betts

    I never knew that kola nuts and cacao pods were in coffee

  • Aria Brinza

    I believe that if you do not exceed the lethal limit of caffeine consumption, it is okay to drink caffeine on a regular basis. Also, if you know the limit to which you become anxious or “jittery” you should not exceed that limit either. Otherwise, I personally think that it is completely okay to continue caffeine consumption. #ENVI110

  • Jacob Ray

    Caffeine is the same as most drugs, good in certain amounts but deadly others, so you should just practice moderation when it comes to things such as caffeine.

  • Cora

    I only consume caffeine when I have a lot of work to get done. The caffeine helps keep me on the go and completing assignments. Personally I feel caffeine is a harmless and needed drug as long as taken in small amounts.

  • Ashley Pugh

    Even with this information that it is given I still really enjoy coffee. It helps me on long study nights and when I barely get any sleep from work or school. I understand the chemicals I am putting in my body are not great but I still love my coffee. #Envi110

  • Isaac Eash

    It sounds like caffeine is the same as most everything else. In moderation it can be good for you, but if you have too much it can cause problems. Although I’ve never personally drank 180 cups of tea at one sitting, apparently that is lethal so now I know. #ENVI110

  • Kole Risner

    The information provided is interesting to me, me being a non coffee drinker I this doesn’t pertain to me put much like everything else if you use it in moderation then effects will not be severe. The overuse of caffeine could potentially be dangerous.

  • Brittany vaughn

    I think it is ultimately up to the individual, and for me, there aren’t enough serious, long term effects for me to give up caffeine. To use another example, no matter how thoroughly you can prove McDonalds is unhealthy, people will continue to eat McDonalds.

  • Olivia Stewart

    I personally do not drink coffee just because I do not like the taste. From this information even if I did drink coffee I would not stop drinking it. I was not convinced that it is bad for you in small amounts. In the video it showed the regular amount that is safe to drink. If you drink more than that amount then I think you might want to consider reducing your intake.

  • Caroline

    Personally, I believe that caffeine, like most things, should be consumed in moderation. Coffee definitely helps me get through most of my days, so I will not cut down my caffeine intake, but I will also not increase it.
    ENVI 110
    Caroline Heath

  • Ashton kirton

    I think it’s good to an extent to drink coffee. Drinking a cup a day is normal for a person’s daily morning habit. You really don’t hear in the news about death by coffee. My question is, if we keep up or even increase our use for coffee beans, what year will the world run out of coffee beans?

  • Kenia R

    Like most other drugs the amount of caffeine you take in might increase because the effect might wear off at a small amount. So then you start to crave more amounts of caffeine to get the same effect. When the amount increases the health risks increase too.
    I think it’s better to do other things other than caffeine intake to wake you up in the morning, like splashing some cold water on your face, exercise, sleeping earlier, etc. I don’t think people should rely solely on caffeine to get a “boost”.

  • Terry Hooker

    #donowucaffeine How much soda can you drink before the fatal limit?

  • Alicia Moss

    I personally would not give up drinking caffeine. Though there are negative side effects, it seems the majority, if not all, comes with an excessive consumption of the product. With a mild use, it actually proves beneficial for some individuals according to these studies. So the idea that it should be completely removed from the diet is extreme in my opinion. As long as it’s in moderation, I feel it is okay.

    Also, as an individual who drinks maybe one or two pops a day, the likelihood that I would reach the harmful level is quite small. Thus, I have little worries concerning caffeine use.

    #Envi 110
    Alicia Moss

  • Zachary Wells

    I don’t think there is any need to completely stop consuming caffeine. So long as it is consumed in moderation, no problems should arise. If you find yourself drinking more and more coffee/ energy drinks every day, it may be time to cut back. There are benefits that come from caffeine, and as long as you don’t have too much, you can avoid the harmful side affects.

  • Maddie

    I think that occasionally it is okay to drink caffeine but not on a day to day basis. I feel this way because although caffeine may be a “pick me up”, it has a ton of negative outcomes. For example, caffeine blocks adenosine, which is in the brain, and it doesn’t allow you to calm down. This is why you will feel a pick me up. This also causes jitters, anxiety, and all around discomfort. For these reasons I feel that caffeine should be drank in moderation because coffee becomes toxic at about 10 grams. In moderation, it is just a boost but not meant to be drank every day.

  • Ryan Meidlinger

    I believe that we should not give up caffeine but just limit the amount we consume everyday. If we do that we can still have the benefits of caffeine without the negatives effects. It seems fairly easy to cut down a little on caffeine since the amount of caffeine that researcher deem good is quite a lot. To be on the safe side we can consume even less than that and still get the benefits.

  • Solomon Her

    I believe that there is no need to give up Caffeine. When consumed caffeine can enhance many parts of the body, including the brain, metabolism, your ability to concentrate, alertness, and many more. Although there are cons to this drug, it is only when you consume too much of it, therefore the solution would be to regulate your caffeine intake to prevent over consumption.

  • Jonathan Rodriguez

    In my opinion I don’t believe it is necessary to stop consuming caffeine. Although it can be a good idea to not consume caffeine everyday. When not consuming caffeine from day to day, the pros such as mood improvement, stimulated energy, and increase in athletic performance are visible and you do not fall into the risk of facing the cons of caffeine such as muscle tremors, increase in nicotine, and heart disease.

  • Edgar Olvera

    My opinion is I think caffeine isn’t good because it can cause a lot of health risks that aren’t good for example it can cause heart disease and muscle tremors which are risks that aren’t very good.

  • Tyler

    I do consume caffeine but I do not believe I consume that much. After reading the article I believe caffeine is very beneficial and should be consumed moderately. As long as we monitor the amount we consume we wont have to worry about the fatalities of Caffeine. Caffeine is a great way to start your day and boost productivity within our daily activities. As long as it isn’t consumed around bed time insomnia will not take place. So yes I will stay consuming caffeine and maybe even take in a little more.

  • Nia Smiley

    I personally would not give up caffeine. Even though there are risks to drinking caffeine, the risks are not as deadly as one may think. In my opinion excessive amount of anything can make a person sick nowadays. But it is anyone’s decision on how much they want to drink of the product. I don’t think it should be taken away, especially if you have the choice to drink or not.

  • Archimedes Alejandre

    Caffeine should be used and not given up. Caffeine can increases the performance of someone making them function better all around. However, just like any drug to much causes problems. Too much Caffeine could give someone anxiety. It could also become lethal after way to much. Anything that is taken in large quantities would be bad for that person.

  • Jose Prado Ayala

    I personally thing that we should still drink caffeine if it’s moderate amounts. Caffeine has actually shown many benefits that helps you too stay alert and to complete any obstacles, it can also prevent many diseases and give you a healthier lifestyle, Caffeine is good if you need a jump start in your day.

  • Katelyn Moua

    I would probably drink products containing caffeine still because it has many benefits, and although it has negative effects to it, its positive effects are highly effective on everyday tasks. It honestly depends on the person and their intake of caffeine. Some people it helps with daily activities and tasks, and for others it just causes discomfort and anxiety. Overall, I think it is okay to drink products containing caffeine, because it has many benefits for everyday tasks.

  • Trevor_Bohlke

    I would not give up caffeine. My reasoning behind this is that the risk taken from consuming caffeine only effects someone who is to use caffeine a lot. Also, if I was to use it in a long-term scenario the risks are not very bad considering what you get out of it and the heart disease is just increased risk not guaranteed but the caffeine boost is guaranteed.

  • Monica Cabello

    I am pro caffeine because it seems to me that there are more pros than cons. Caffeine consumption helps prevent diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and reduces the risk of gallstones. Although caffeine has side effects to it suck as getting anxiety and jitters at high doses. Lastly there are pros that I know a lot of people would be interested in such as that it prevents weight gain and stimulates hair growth.

  • Natallie Thao

    I personally would not give up caffeine. Even though there are negative/risk to drinking caffeine. In my opinion only excessive amount of caffeine can get you sick. Caffeine can increase the performance of someone functioning better, caffeine also enhances your body such as your brain, metabolism, concentration, and many more. Therefore I believe that we should not have to give up caffeine.

  • Jacobs Moua

    When drinking caffeine most people should know there limits of how much we intake a day because if not we just kill our own body and mind with what we drink. If thinking about this issue I would not give up on caffeine because there is so many benefits that can help us on certain times, but as I say this again know your limit when drinking caffeine.

  • Reyna Ochoa

    Caffeine has many benefits to the human body in many different ways. When you’re running with two hours of sleep, it can come in handy to start off the day. The molecule paraxanthine that is in the caffeine is known to increases athletic performance. Also, caffeine helps with hair growth, improves memory, and it prevents weight gain. Caffeine shouldn’t be a problem if you are consuming a moderate amount each day.

  • Regina Navarro

    I am pro caffeine because moderate amounts of caffeine can do no harm, instead it actually is very beneficial in increasing alertness,memory, mood and cognitive skills. Caffeine is not like other types of drugs because caffeine does not make you lose self control, and it takes an outrageous amount of caffeine to actually put your body in risk. We should keep caffeine it’s beneficial and convenient for everyone.

  • Nicole Guerrero

    In my opinion, I don’t believe it is necessary to completely give up on caffeine. I do not consume excessive amounts of the product, so it’s not worth giving up to me. Also, according to these studies, caffeine is beneficial in some ways. Some of these benefits include being more alert and preventing Parkinson’s disease. Though there are some risks to consuming caffeine, they are risks to me only if I consume excessive amounts of it. Since these studies show that one will suffer from these risks only if they overconsume caffeine, I need not worry about completely stopping my consumption of it.

  • Cristina Mendez

    My stance in this discussion is I do not think we should give up caffeine. It has many great benefits as it does of cons. Caffeine helps you in many ways. Although I believe everyone should be aware of what can go wrong in high doses and long term use. Drink and use it responsibly for your health. If you use it responsibly you should not have to worry about the cons, just keep aware of them. It is easy to become addicted to caffeine. Smokers definitely who consume caffeine have a high chance of having a greater nicotine addiction.No I do not think we should give up caffeine for its great benefits. Such as it keeps you more alert and improves memory, mood, and cognitive skills. All these you need throughout the day. Also It prevents Parkinson’s disease, gallstones, weight gains, and stimulates hair growth. These benefits should be why you should not give up caffeine.

  • Ethan Hewitt

    I personally believe that caffeine is okay to consume so long that someone doesn’t over consume it. Caffeine produces many positives such as alertness, increased reaction time, and just overall increased productivity which is something the everyday person strives to achieve. However, over consumption of caffeine can lead to insomnia, restlessness, muscles tremors, and increased risk for certain heart diseases such as coronary heart disease and hypertension. However, these risks are usually only a factor of over consumption of caffeine and if you are able control your consumption of caffeine then the positive that come with it such as productivity will be worth it.

  • Katelyn Davis

    I feel that caffeine is not good for you. Caffeine is a form of drug, it is actually the most addictive drug and most people do not realize they are addicited to it. If you consume too much caffeine, it may make you jittery or in discomfort. Caffeine can lead to death if you consume too much of it. For example 10 grams of caffeine is considered toxic.

  • Camille Miller

    I personally believe that caffeine, when consumed in healthy ways, causes more positives than negatives; therefore, caffeine shouldn’t be cut out of our daily lives. If one is consuming caffeine through products such as energy drinks or sodas, then the health risks are much higher. However, if being consumed through organic teas or dark chocolates, then caffeine is taken in smaller doses. Therefore it is much better for you and can help you stay alert throughout the day. Overall, it is to the best of my knowledge that healthy sources of caffeine shouldn’t be cut out of our diet because it can help you day by day to stay awake and perform more efficiently.

  • Liliana Figueroa

    I personally don´t drink much caffeine in the first place so, I have nothing to really cut back on…Even though, I say this I know there are many caffeine lovers in the world who, cannot go a day without their beloved coffee to start the morning. Saying this I think having one cup a day will do you more benefit than harm since, it has show to increase, reaction time and alertness.Just like with everything though people need to be aware drinking too much to get through your day has it harms such as;insomnia and increased risk for heart disease. All in all though, it´s up to the drinker to make an informed decision about the pros and cons of coffe consumption.

  • Jaden Bun

    I personally would not give up caffeine. The only way for caffeine to be bad for you is if you have to much of it. If you have caffeine every now and then it isn’t bad. Caffeine stimulates the brain, improves mood and alertness, and also helps prevent diseases in your body. If you were to give up caffeine you would be missing out on everything it has to offer.

  • Amanda Martin

    Caffeine, when consumed with moderation, can improve a person’s quality of life. It gives you a jump start to your day by increasing alertness, increasing reaction time, improving mood, and improving memory and cognitive skills. The harmful effects of caffeine are not present until you exceed the daily recommend amount. In some studies, caffeine has even been found to prevent Parkinson’s disease, reduce the risk of gallstones, prevent weight gain, and stimulate hair growth.

  • William Seifert

    I believe that caffeine is mostly beneficial and is worth the risks. Especially if it is consumed in a moderate amount then it is good. Some benefits of moderate caffeine consumption are alertness, reaction time improves, along with memory and mood improving as well. Some other benefits is that it will help prevent Parkinson’s disease, gallstones, and weight gain. Some disadvantages of caffeine consumption are a higher risk of coronary heart disease, hypertension, and can produce muscle tremors. Overall, the pros outweigh the cons for me and I will continue drinking coffee.

  • Destiny Lee

    We should not give up on caffeine. Caffeine is perfectly fine to consume, just so long someone knows not to consume it too much. Caffeine has many positives, such as improving someone’s mood, making your brain active, alertness, or giving you energy to stay awake a little longer. Plus, caffeine can make some people happy. Even though there are negative effects such as insomnia, restlessness, and certain type of heart diseases, but really, this can only happen if you consume way too much caffeine. People just need to control themselves.

  • Alyssa McCabe

    In my opinion, I believe that caffeine has more benefits than non-benefits. Caffeine can increase your brain activity, and increase the flow of oxygen and nutrients to your brain. It helps increase your performance, whether it be mentally or in an athletic performance. It helps you to focus, helps with your memory, and your alertness. Although it can put you at certain risks for heart disease, it can still lower risks of other types of fatal diseases. It can prevent Parkinson’s disease, reduce your risk of gallstones, and it can even prevent weight gain as well as stimulate hair growth. As long as you do not take too many amounts of caffeine, it will be beneficial for you.

  • Jose Badillo

    Caffeine is completely fine to be used as long as it is used by a responsible individual. Caffeine causes many plus effects such as focus and improvement of memory or cognitive skills. There are some bad effects but those are only if caffeine is overused but as long as people take a safe minimal amount of caffeine it will be fine. Caffeine should keep being used and it should not get rid of.

  • Viviana Elizarraraz

    Caffeine is a drug that millions of people take in one form or another daily. Many need it early in the morning to get them through their day on a good note. Without it, they’d constantly be in a bad mood. Caffeine has many scientifically proven benefits that prove it’s safe to consume on a daily basis. The drug increases alertness, mood, memory, and reaction time. It can also help prevent diseases, weight gain, and can even help hair grow. There may be people that think caffeine is dangerous, but knowing these facts show that it’s in fact not.

  • Tatyana Anderson

    My stance is caffeine is bad for you, it may give you that boost of energy when you need it and may give you those extra hours you need, caffeine has various different types of combinations to help you stay alert throughout the day. Caffeine always has a risk to it, it can lead to heart attacks, heart diseases, and a nicotine addiction. Therefore caffeine is always a insecurity.

  • Kalea Zambrano

    Without caffeine, some people would struggle daily having the potential energy they can reach with caffeine. Caffeine increases alertness and reaction time. For example, if you didn’t get much sleep the night before you went to work, caffeine could help solve this solution by waking you up due to the ingredients in it. Although caffeine can increase the risk of certain heart diseases such as coronary heart disease and hypertension, this can be solved if you don’t have caffeine every single day. If you cut back on caffeine, you’re also cutting down on that risk of getting a heart disease. Therefore, I think that it is okay to have caffeine when it is necessary.

  • Max Suwaileh

    Muad Sweilah-I personally believe that caffeine is good for you according to this article it has more positives then negatives because it improves your memory and decrease your chances of getting Parkinson’s or any fatal heart diseases. The caffeine actually helps you because it increases your alertnes, reaction, and cognitive skills. That is my position on caffeine.

  • Amanda Williams

    In my opinion it’s not necessary to completely give up caffeine. There are so many benefits regarding caffeine and I think those benefits trump the risks. For example, caffeine prevents diseases and improves one’s mood and alertness. Studies have also showed that caffeine can lead to higher test score compared to those without caffeine. As long as one limits the level of their consumption, caffeine should still be consumed.

  • Christopher Lee

    My stance for this issue is to not consume too much caffeine, mainly because it can cause risks for your health. Heart rate increases, muscle tremors, and restlessness are mainly the causes for what has been recorded. Caffeine isn’t really bad in my opinion, though it has good effects from these observations aswell.

  • Camryn Teague

    I personally would not give up caffeine. Even though there are risks to drinking caffeine, the risks are not as deadly as one may think. In my opinion excessive amount of anything can make a person sick nowadays. But it is anyone’s decision on how much they want to drink of the product. I don’t think it should be taken away, especially if you have the choice to drink or not.

  • Analeesia Salas

    I believe that caffeine should not be given up. Although it is the world most popular drug it could also be very toxic. There are many pros and cons to caffeine. It is found in many plants so that means that it can be very healthy is consumed correctly. People need to know their limits when it comes to caffeine. If taken too much it can cause many problems. It could also be very beneficial. Caffeine increases athletic performance, heart rate and the ability to concentrate. It also helps the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the brain. We should not give caffeine because although it could be dangerous it could also help us in many ways.

  • Paytin Mercado

    Caffeine is consumed by so many people all around the world and will never stop being consumed. It has equal pros and cons but I believe it should be balanced with things such as water, juice, milk, etc., but the consumption should not be abused. Having too much caffeine in your body is very unhealthy and can be toxic if you intake too much of it. Its good to consume it every once in awhile, but drinking too much could be a bit of a dilemma.

  • Nellie Vang

    You shouldn’t give up on caffeine because although there are risks there are just as many benefits. Caffeine helps improves our memory and cognitive skills. From the article, it stated that students who consumed caffeine scored higher on their tests. It also helps lower the risks of some types of fatal heart diseases, gallstones, and Parkinson’s disease. Although there are many risks, it is mostly for people that has high doses and has been consuming it for a long time. As long as people cut down their consumption of caffeine to 400 mg a day, they can lower the risks and get the benefits.

  • Brandon Ruiz

    My stance is caffeine is bad for you, it may give you that boost of energy when you need it and may give you those extra hours you need, caffeine has various different types of combinations to help you stay alert throughout the day. It can also help prevent diseases, weight gain, and can even help hair grow. There may be people that think caffeine is dangerous, but knowing these facts show that it’s in fact not.Even though there are negative effects such as insomnia, restlessness, and certain type of heart diseases, but really, this can only happen if you consume way too much caffeine. People just need to control themselves.

  • Kiley Cairncross

    I personally believe that you should watch the amount of caffeine that you drink. You should also try to not drink it everyday. Too much caffeine can lead to the increase risk of certain kinds of heart disease. If you drink only 400mg a day it is okay and will not hurt you, if you drink more than 400mg it is bad for you and can cause insomnia, restlessness, and certain types of heart diseases.

  • Jesus Hernandez

    Caffeine has many benefits and a couple of bad effects that can be avoided. Caffeine’s negative side effects can be avoided by not consuming too much caffeine in one day. Caffeine has tons of positive effects for example caffeine keeps people awake, caffeine prevents a lot of diseases, and caffeine can increase brain activity.

  • Gildardo Ruiz

    Caffeine is something that has a lot of benifits but when taken to an Extreme or used too much can become serious danger.A negative that caffeine has to offer is that in large sums of it it is known to cause anxiety and all-round discomfort.On the other hand, a positive that caffeine has to offer is that it helps increase alertness and brain as well as muscle activity.So,Caffeine is a drug that most people say can put down at any moment but really it is hard because you are so used to getting that boost of energy in your system.

  • Taylor Scott

    Caffeine should not be a product you feel like you have to avoid on a daily basis. There are as many pros as there are cons-just like everything else in the world. In all reality, the problem isn’t particularly with the caffeine; it’s with the rate you consume it in and how much you consume. Drinking or eating too much can be easily avoided: scientists have found a non-toxic amount to safely consume in one day. Caffeine has many positive effects: it can increase brain activity, improve memory, and increase reaction time. People just need to learn self control and moderation.

  • Kaley Kranich

    Caffeine is consumed by millions everyday and, although the cons of caffeine are something to pay attention to, I feel that this drug is fine if consumed in the right amount. There are many more pros to the consumption of caffeine than there are cons. For example, caffeine increases activity in neurotransmitters like dopamine. Also, caffeine increases alertness and reaction time, improves memory and cognitive skills and improves mood.

  • Mallory Pazin

    My stance is that we don’t need to give up drinking caffeine. Caffeine is not bad for you as long as you don’t over do it. There are many positive effects to consuming caffeine. It can increase alertness, reaction time, memory, and mood. It is also known to help prevent Parkinson’s, risk of gallstones, and weight gain. Caffeine can give you the energy you need to get through your day. Some people may be worried about the side effects like insomnia or anxiety, but those will only occur if you consume too much caffeine. People need to limit themselves.

  • Olivia Nemmers

    Caffeine has many benefits, hair growth, preventing Parkinson’s disease, reducing the risk of gallstones, preventing weight gain, and much more. Caffeine helps keep you going in those dreadful hours when you are tired. If you use it in the right ways, don’t drink more than the recommended amount daily, and do not have long term use issues, then caffeine has many benefits.

  • Dylan Hardin

    I believe that caffeine is a huge risk to your body, and it should not be consumed by the human being. We only get one body in our lifetime, and I don’t think we should just give it up over caffeine. All of us human beings can figure out how to live without caffeine in our life. In the article that we just read it states, long term caffeine use has been found to increase the risk of certain kinds of heart disease. This ties back to what was stated previously heart disease is a very serious disease, and can really mess up our body which we only have one of. This is why I believe that caffeine should not be consumed.

  • Harvey Santoyo

    Caffeine can be good and can be bad. If caffeine is consumed in a moderate amount there wont be any harm to you. But if you go over the amount that is recommended you will have terrible side effects. It depends on the person how much they care about themselves and what risks they want to take. But I still believe caffeine is bad either way because there are more negative effects than good ones

  • Garrett Benz

    My stance is that we can drink caffeine but just in moderate amounts because it can be harmful. But if we do drink it responsibly and in the right way there should be no reason to not be able to consume caffeine. The world as a whole drinks a lot of caffeine and the pros outweigh the cons. Also the cons are only if you consume it in large amounts.

  • Felipe Ruiz

    Even though too much caffeine can be bad for you I still would consume it because I don’t consume that much caffeine anyway. It will also help me stay awake during school and not just me but other people to whether they are at school or work. I don’t think caffeine is bad at all unless you consume a lot.

  • Nelly Saldana

    I believe that caffeine is fine as long as the consumer isn’t creating a habit of consuming the drug. If caffeine is consumed at most once every two weeks then it should be fine, the consumer wouldn’t be risking anything cause it isn’t a habit. For example I consume caffeine to stay awake when I’m trying to study, but I don’t make it a habit, which I believe is appropiate.

  • Stephanie Graviola

    I think that caffeine is more beneficial than harmful to the body. I believe that caffeine is more beneficial to the body because studies have shown that moderate amounts do indeed help a person. The amount that would make caffeine lethal depend on a person but there are not many cases where it has become lethal. I think that caffeine is more beneficial than harmful because research shows that it helps increase brain activity and many it does help many of the people that i know that ingest it on a daily basis.

  • Adilene Ruiz

    Caffeine is bad for you. Sure everyone gets caffeine one way or another by eating it or drinking it, but it is dangerous. Scientists have proven that caffeine becomes a toxic at around 10 grams. We need to be careful with what we eat. Caffeine helps you stay awake and gives you more energy, you can eat fruits and it will give you energy and it will make you healthy, and you can sleep early so you can stay awake. It’s up to you to see if you stay with the unhealthy caffeine or you can start being healthy.

  • Leanne Melo

    My standpoint on this subject is that caffeine can be both good and bad but then I think there is more pro benefits than con. For example, some of the pros about caffeine is increased alertness, cognitive skills, and improves mood. Those are just some of the main pros about taking caffeine. So in my opinion, the outcome is better than any of the cons.

  • Kevin Vang

    My stance is that caffeine is a good thing. It gives people the energy they need. Caffeine helps with athletes get the energy they need. Caffeine is economically good. Without caffeine people would be sleepy. All you have to do for it not to be bad on you is the amount drink.

  • Maria Elena Cruz

    I do not believe people should give up caffeine. There are more pros than cons to caffeine . Most people that consume caffeine regularly do not get the short term effects since they are used to it. The pros are that it can increase your mood, your athletic performance, and improve your ability to concentrate. The only short term effects is having discomfort or jitters, maybe an upset stomach and not being able to sleep. You should not over use caffeine, and take in as much as you can handle.

  • Kiana Pineda

    Some of us believe caffeine can be good for us and some of us may believe that caffeine is bad for us. I believe that caffeine is good for us in some ways, such as it can enhance athletic performance which is very good for athletes or people who are active. It can also increase the ability to concentrate and our heart rates. The only con about caffeine is that drinking to much can cause problems such as jitters, anxiety and discomfort.

  • Choua Chang

    Giving up or not is based on that person, but for me, there’s not a problem about giving up on caffeine. Caffeine can both be good and bad depends how you look at it. People look at things differently so it’s based on them if they want to give up or not. Drinking caffeine isn’t bad, what’s bad is how much you drank. Drinking more than you are suppose to can cause you harm, but drinking just a cup or so, won’t hurt that much. Again, giving up or not is you choice.

  • Caitlin Garcia

    I am pro caffeine. When looking at my pro, con list I decide there are way more pros that are good then bad cons. The cons can be fixed by being aware of your limits. You should mange your intake of caffeine wisely. A lot of the pros can help prevent medical issues and risks. Also, it helps with weight gain and hair growth.

  • Yaneli Garcia

    Caffeine can be good for you but that doesn’t mean to have a lot of it in one day. For example coffee has caffeine and whenever I want to stay up or start my morning energized coffee is my go to. It always makes me feel better and have so much more energy than before.

  • Jayleen Rufino

    I believe that caffeine is a huge pick me up to many people all over the world. Some people don’t even want to do certain activities unless they have some kind of caffeinated beverage. Most people who drink caffeinated beverages don’t drink more than an energy drink a day or 2 cups of coffee a day. Even though some believe that consuming caffeine is dangerous, it is only dangerous if you let it get that far.

  • noah Matthews

    Caffeine has a lot of benefits at the time of consumption like, increasing athletic ability and brain function. In the long term it has negative effects such as insomnia, fast heartbeat, restlessness, and muscle tremors as shown in the article. Caffeine could create the problems you are trying to fix.

  • Tou Chang

    Caffeine should stay. Caffeine help produce high brain activity. Caffeine Increase of nutrients and oxygen to the brain. Also, Caffeine help you to stay up to finish what your working on. I think caffeine benefit humanity and people are the one who hurting them self for drinking more than they should have.

  • Jesus Rodriguez

    Caffeine is good for someone, but at a certain limit. Over using caffeine have some consequences such as have heart disease, muscle tremors, and become restless. As long as you moderately use is, then it should be fine. It does have some wonderful benefits such as, makes you stay focus, become alert, improve your memory, and improve your mood. As long as you don’t overuse caffeine, you should be fine.

  • Abbie Sierra

    My stance on this issue is that we should really keep the caffeine. I say this because it really does help a lot of people wake up, be in a good mood, and it prevents weight gain and a couple of diseases. There are some negative effects on the matter such as increase of heart rate, anxiety levels, insomnia etc when you drink too much. However, with just a little bit of control of how much you consume, it would do a lot more good than bad.

  • Melissa Silva

    My stance is going to be cons on this issue because long-term caffeine use has been found to increase the risk of certain kinds of heart disease, such as coronary heart disease and hypertension, but seems to lower the risk of other types of fatal heart diseases. A 2004 study showed that caffeine increases the effects of nicotine on the body, which means that smokers who consume caffeine may form stronger nicotine addiction.More common risks of caffeine consumption above the recommended amounts include insomnia, a fast heartbeat, restlessness, and muscle tremors.

  • Meng Vang

    My stance on this issue I’m okay with caffeine as long as we don’t consume too much of it. One reason is caffeine can help calm our brain and relieve us from what ever were stressing or thinking about. Second of all caffeine helps our bodies in ways like our heart rate, improve our memory, our surroundings (alertness), and increase our oxygen and nutrient flow to our brain. Lastly it can prevent some disease like Parkinson’s disease and other fatal heart diseases. Caffeine is good for you as long as you don’t over do it you’ll be fine.

  • Sebastian Acevedo

    In my opinion, I am for caffeine. It helps you stay more awake when you are tired and it gets energy to the brain. Caffeine produces heightened brain activity, also increase athletic performance, and heat rate. Overall, I think caffeine is okay if you do not drink so much everyday.

  • Mai Chang

    I am not against caffeine. We can’t say we can live without caffeine because majority of our drinks now’s a day, there are caffeine in it. Caffeine helps improve energy levels by blocking an inhibitory neurotransmitter called adenine. It lower the risk of some diabetes and some other type of health issue such as diabetes. Not just that it helps the risk health issue, it can burn calories and control appetite too.

  • Shelby Reagan

    Caffeine consumption can go both ways. It can be a good or a bad thing. I think it is a good thing for the most part. Caffeine can produce heightened brain activity like increasing the flow of oxygen to the brain. It can be used to help concentrate, which can actually help people with ADHD. It may be bad because it causes insomnia, but people consume it to stay up anyways. It also prevents weight gain and promote hair growth.

  • Daisy Gonzales Carrillo

    I believe a cup of coffee can benefit you out throughout the day. Caffeine helps you be more alert, it improves your memory and your mood. Caffeine increases athletic performance and can also prevent weight gain. Caffeine has many benefits as long as you don’t consume too much.

  • Emily Prado

    I am pro for caffeine. Caffeine helps you stay calm and helps you sleep. Caffeine also helps lower your chances of developing type 2 diabetes and decreases the chance of having Alzheimer’s. You would need to consume 4 to 5 cups of coffee per day to see potential health benefits.

  • Theresa Tiscareno

    Most of us consume caffeine in one form or another. Caffeine is in our coffee, tea, soft drinks, and even chocolate. Caffeine is such an integral part of our dietary lives that it’s worthwhile to know the pros and cons of this common substance. Caffeine produces heightened brain activity. With that in mind, thebromine increases flow of oxygen and nutrients to the brain. Paraxanthine increases athletic performance. On top of that, theophyline increases heart rate and ability to concentrate. Therefore, caffeine can benefit your health needs if you use it the right way.

  • Samantha Grijalva

    I think that no matter how much you try to convince a caffeine drinker that Caffeine is bad I don’t think it will matter to them if it is bad or not. To them it is a benefit because it increases their mood and wakes them up for the day. Caffeine is in many drinks that we have not just in coffee. Which I kind of see as a bad thing. The good thing about it is it can help in your moods and get your energy levels up, I say caffeine is a drug because people know it’s bad for them but they still drink it knowing too much off it can be fatal but they don’t care because they are too addicted.

  • Myrka Contreras

    Caffeine consumption is not anything bad for our body. Moderate caffeine consumption increases alertness and reaction time, improves memory, cognitive skills and mood. It can also prevent weight gain and stimulate hair growth. Some may say that too much caffeine consumption can lead to coronary heart disease and hypertension. While caffeine can create diseases, it can also prevent them, such as diseases like Parkinson’s disease.

  • Wendy Deleon

    Caffeine can help you in many different ways such as giving you a boost in the morning and improving your mood and memory skills. Studies have shown that caffeine can help prevent Parkinson’s disease and prevent weight gain. However, consuming large amounts of caffeine can have bad outcomes such as increasing the risk of certain heart disease and insomnia.

  • Luis Carrillo

    I am not against caffeine because there is benefits to it like can keep you more awake and can help people be more concentrated, but if caffeine is consumed often it may not be so good, from personal experience I have had a family member who have had a caffeine overdose and after it she was barely able to consume any caffeine without feeling ill. Caffeine should only be consumed once in a while to stay healthy.

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  • Cameron Gray

    Caffeine consumption is something that can be dangerous but I believe that when consuming a normal amount it can be beneficial for many people. For example, many jobs that require their employees to be up in the early mornings may need coffee or some type of caffeinated beverage. However, someone that has coffee on the regualr basis multiple times a day for no reason should not consume a great deal. If this person is very activity and lives a heart halthy life then maybe that could cancel out the negative effects of caffeine. All in all, caffeine consumption can be dangerous if not regulated.

  • Chase Williams

    Caffeine has many pros, it almost seems like more than cons, but that does not mean that there aren’t risks to consuming more than the recommended dosage. Going over the limit could actually put you at risk by possibly causing harm to your body in ways such as increasing chances of heart diseases, causing insomnia, and many other negative affects. If you also smoke while consuming caffeine in any form, it can increase the effects of nicotine on the body. While the cons can seem very serious, there are many pros that people make that defend why they risk the negative affects on the body, and some of these pros would be the increase in alertness, reaction, and memory. it also is a possible prevention of Parkinson’s disease as well as reduces the risk of gallstones and weight gain. The decision is really up to your personal preference because your willingness to take the risk of having the positive affects of caffeine and possibly getting the negative affects is your choice. #DoNowUCaffeine

  • Charles Lamb

    My stance on this issue is that I believe that caffeine is more good than bad, depending on the usage of it. Caffeine can provide many benefits like increased alertness, improved memory and cognitive skills. It also helps start the day and improves mood, it can help prevent weight gain, stimulate hair growth, and can help prevent Parkinson’s disease. On the other hand, caffeine can have risks if used in long terms, like coronary heart disease and hypertension.

  • Arlen Gonzalez

    I drink coffee several times a week, but I limit my intake of caffeine to avoid health risks. Headaches seem to be a common symptom of caffeine withdrawal, and I do not want to rely on caffeine to feel healthy on a daily basis. The recommended amount of caffeine was higher than I expected it to be, so I may start drinking coffee more regularly so I can benefit from the positive effects of moderate caffeine use. However, caffeine may have more risks for people with high-blood pressure or other pre-existing health problems.

  • Andrea Zarate

    I believe that caffeine should not be given up. There are many pros and cons to caffeine. It could be very unhealthy if consumed incorrectly. People need to know their limits when it comes to caffeine. If taken too much it can cause many problems. It could also be very beneficial. Caffeine increases athletic performance, heart rate and the ability to concentrate. It also helps the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the brain. We should not give caffeine because although it could be dangerous it could also help us in many ways.

  • Anyssa Santos

    Caffeine has many pros but also comes with many cons but that does not mean that there aren’t risks to consuming more than the recommended dosage. Going over the limit could actually increase chances of heart diseases, causing insomnia, and many other negative affects.These cons are very serious but that is mostly a risk if you consume to much, there are many pros such as it can increase in alertness, reaction, and memory. it can also prevent Parkinson’s disease as well as reduces the risk of gallstones and weight gain. Just as long as you don’t consume more then a regular dossage for an adult you shouldnt be facing much risks.

  • Jose Munoz

    Caffeine has its upsides and downsides in everything. If you drink coffee you are more concentrated and awake. If you don’t drink coffee you have a smaller chance of getting the jitters. If you do drink coffee you have a chance of getting poisoned by caffeine if you drink too much.

  • Kacie Walker

    Personally I think caffeine is good for you. The pros out weight the cons by far. You have to look at the bigger picture here, if you are tired when you start your day how are you truly supposed to wake up, caffeine is an essential part of our everyday lives and its needed. Many people say they cant live without caffeine and they need it and I totally agree it helps the brain and helps reaction tome which is why it wakes us up and helps us start our day. You just need to know your limits.

  • Joseph Montoya

    My opinion on this issue is that caffeine has more pros than cons. Caffeine is an important part of many people’s lives. For example if truck drivers did not have caffeine, I believe there would be a lot more accidents on the road due to falling asleep. I also believe that most people are responsible enough to consume caffeine in moderation and not over consume it. The cons are that if too much caffeine is consumed on a daily basis it can leave you with anxiety and leave you extremely tired.

  • Uriel Ramos

    caffeine is usually put in drink to keep people awake and is consumed by 80% of U.S. adults. My though on caffeine is it is good and help people stay awake in work but is it has a lot of cons when you consume too much caffeine. For example if you consume too much it can cause anxiety, jitters and discomfort. This means caffeine is good as long as to take care of how much caffeine you consume.

  • Grace Gouveia

    I’m not against the consumption of caffeine I just think it should be consumed moderately. I understand that most people need a little boost in the morning and that’s fine, but we shouldn’t over do it. There comes a time in everything where enough is enough and some people have a habit of going over that amount. The boost of energy everyday is beneficial to your brain and overall health, but too much can cause long term effects and make you feel many different types of discomfort at the time being. I think the pros outweigh the cons as long as you are being smart about how much caffeine you consume and realize when you’ve had enough.

  • Laila Musleh

    I am con with Caffeine because I feel with all those facts about the good and the bad of caffeine that the con will outway the pro. The pro’s of this is its everyone’s number 1 favorite coffee drink, number 2 is its yummy, and number 3 is it keeps you up when you want to stay up. The con of caffeine is its a an addicted drug, it has risks when drinking it, causes heart deseases, its like a nicotine once you take that caffeine you don’t want to stop. Even though everyone loves caffeine you have to give it up even if its the hardest thing you have to do because its an energy booster/energy drink it basically keeps you up and hyper to finish and get any thing done that needs to get done. The best way to do that is to stop drinking caffeine but not completely because then it will just hurt probably your head a lot but to stop dealing with caffeine slowly. #DoNowUCaffeine

  • Kyle Beaudry

    In my opinion I believe that caffeine’s pros outweigh its cons. Caffeine is important to many people and it has become an essential for many. If a safe amount of caffeine is consumed it can help a person without harming them, for that reason I think it is a good thing. When responsible, caffeine can be a very helpful tool. For those with long work days and not much sleep or people who are always just tired, caffeine can give them the boost they need to get what they need to do accomplished.

  • Nathan Rodarte

    I personally think caffeine is not the healthiest choice. I can’t drink energy drinks due to the fact that I had heart problems in the past having rapid heart beats which would energy drinks allow my heart to do. Consuming too much caffeine can lead to a few problems such as increasing blood sugar, decreasing bone density, and increasing your blood pressure. Energy drinks are majority consumed by younger people. Caffeine may lead to addictive actions of drinking energy drinks researchers have stated.

  • Lyric Moreno

    In my point of view, caffeine is and can be harmful to your body. Daily consumption of this chemical substance can make your body dependent upon it. If the intake is too much this may result in causing harm to yourself. Sure it can be used as a little pick-me-up now and then but not on an every day basis.

  • Riya Rana

    If taken in moderation, caffeine is not harmful. Research has shown that caffeine consumption can increase alertness, improve memory and mood. Many of us consume caffeine in the form of coffee for a quick pick-me-up. It is part of our everyday lives since it is available in many different kinds of products besides coffee, like soft drinks and chocolate. The downside of caffeine comes into play when you drink an excessive amount of caffeine, which can cause side effects like insomnia and rapid heartbeat. However, the real issue to me is that caffeine is usually consumed with products that already contain sugar and are high in calories. The caffeine itself is not that bad if it is consumed entirely by itself in a moderate amount.

  • Raul Pena

    Caffeine has many pros and cons. However, the cons are often only after long term use or if taking in too much caffeine. Caffeine is very helpful because it allows the person ingesting it to be more aware and attentive. It often increases their mood and they feel more awake after taking in the caffeine. We should still be careful in ingesting caffeine, though. We should be mindful of the healthy and unhealthy amounts and what could happen after long term and constant use.

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  • Emily Vang

    In my opinion on caffeine I would say that it is both bad and good. Caffeine can be bad because containing of how much you drink or eat a day and it can cause lack of sleep if you drink too much. But caffeine can also be helpful in many different ways such as giving you a boost in the morning and improving your mood and memory skills. @bchsb12chem

  • Tony Qian

    Caffeine has a lot of chemical compounds, and it has many well-being resources. Caffeine has a lot of advantage.Many people drink coffee in the morning.Caffeine is sometimes good for us.

  • Israel Muñoz

    I’ll begin by saying that I usually drink about a 16 oz of coffee a day. And now, I feel like I know more about the benefits of drinking coffee; however, there are obviously some negative effects, such as causing anxiety when consumed in large amounts. Caffeine is, at least in my opinion, not the healthiest thing a human can consume, but it is ultimately up the individual on how much he or she consumes. For me, i consume less than the recommended average of caffeine intake, so I’ll continue to do.

  • Chloe Phillips

    While I do love my daily cup of coffee, I also know that caffeine is something that I must make sure to have in moderation. However, I feel like this can be said for most of the foods that we all typically love to eat. Caffeine may not be all that healthy for us, but it obviously has its benefits such as giving us energy and increasing our ability to concentrate. That is why it plays a vital role in so many of our lives. However, if a person was to consume large amounts of caffeine, there are health concerns that could arise such as anxiety. That being said, I believe a lot of this depends on the person. A person who simply uses a cup of coffee to wake themselves up in the morning is being a lot healthier than a person who drinks multiple Red Bulls a day.
    Overall, I would say that this all goes back to education about nutrition and health. The same way we educate on why it is unhealthy to eat junk food everyday all day, the same way we need to inform people that the same goes for caffeine.

  • Savannah Turpin

    I do drink caffeine, about 1-2 cups of coffee a day. Based off this research I don’t think the amount of caffeine I consume is a risk to my health at all. I think the real risk comes with what else is paired with caffeine, like the sugars in Starbucks drinks or whatever crazy stuff they put in energy drinks.

  • Faith D

    After reading the article and listening to the video, caffeine seems to have more advantages than disadvantages in my mind. All of us have that something that’s of comfort to us, for some of us it’s that morning cup of coffee, maybe a piece of dark chocolate, or even our daily netflix-watching time. Some may be better than others, but we all have those “things”, and most of us know that those things are okay if they are used in moderation. Though no caffeine at all may be better than some caffeine, in my opinion this article does not put forth enough against caffeine that we should give it up. Like many foods, though there are risks, it has little harm if used in moderation.

  • Lauren Lett

    I could totally give up caffeine if it only came in the form of coffee because I do not drink coffee, obviously the most common type of caffeine consumed; however, I do love teas like black tea and chai tea, which also can be heavily caffienated. I understand though that this must be done in moderation, which I believe is the case with most foods. Unlike some very unhealthy foods, caffeine does promote some good within us externally and internally. I think caffeine is okay in moderation, but people need to be made aware of the limit of what is too much and the harmful effects as well as knowing and continuing with the positives and the differences in a tea versus a sugary, heart-racer energy drink.

  • Drew Bailey

    When it comes to caffeine, I will absolutely not give it up. Now, this shouldn’t suggest that I am addicted nor reliant on it, although I do consume it almost regularly. As a caffeine consumer, I believe there should be a healthy balance to the amount of caffeine consumed. I also believe that too much of a ‘good’ thing can ultimately cause some harm, but as with all things, balance and moderation is key. To me, the positives of caffeine greatly outweigh the negatives.

  • Sam Hardin

    Caffeine, like any other substance, has its pros and cons. It seems like from this article that in a moderate amount, it will benefit your health. If caffeine is used to frequently, it can cause different side effects and one could become depend upon it. I do not drink coffee because of its taste, so I get my caffeine from tea usually. I really enjoy black tea, but the harm from that is the sugar and other ingredients it contains. I take in less than the recommended dose of caffeine.

  • Abby Fenichel

    Caffeine can be related in most aspects of everyone’s life however it can have specific effects in regard to athletic performance. As discussed in the video, the mechanism of action for caffeine is the specific biding to receptors and inhibiting their action. Adenosine, which causes the drowsiness and fatigue is blocked by caffeine at the receptor site, by competitive inhibition. Caffeine blocks the binding site and allows for CNS stimulation instead of drowsiness. In regards to athletic performance, this could help athletes be prepared for game time decisions or drills that require certain power/speed/performance plays. I drink one-three cups of coffee daily and can tell a difference in energy on game days when I do not consume any coffee/caffeine.

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