I have written a lot about caffeine. I have been horribly addicted. I have tried to find outs, but I’ve always been sucked back in to that artificial high. My addiction started at age nine when my mother gave me a triple-shot of gross Taster’s Choice instant coffee to help give me that “oomph” to shovel a basketball court-sized driveway after a Nebraska-sized blizzard. I remember getting that first, tingly, caffeine high — and the elevation it caused in my mind — and I chased repeating that dragon for decades.
I believe now, after six months, I am finally pretty much caffeine free. I say “pretty much” because caffeine has a tendency of snaking into lots of different things. I don’t seek out caffeine highs anymore and I don’t knowingly take in gross amounts of caffeine and I know I’m better for it. I am not so quick to anger. I am able to rest my mind. I can feel my blood pressuring dropping every moment I’m away from the stuff.
I can’t tell you how delighted I was to recently read about the negative effect caffeine has on the brain — by fomenting aneurysmal ruptures via its favored delivery system: Coffee.
Eight triggers increased the risk for subarachnoid hemorrhage: coffee consumption (RR, 1.7; 95% CI, 1.2–2.4), cola consumption (RR, 3.4; 95% CI,1.5–7.9), anger (RR, 6.3; 95% CI, 4.6–25), startling (RR, 23.3; 95% CI, 4.2–128), straining for defecation (RR, 7.3; 95% CI, 2.9–19), sexual intercourse (RR, 11.2; 95% CI, 5.3–24), nose blowing (RR, 2.4; 95% CI, 1.3–4.5), and vigorous physical exercise (RR, 2.4; 95% CI, 1.2–4.2). The highest population-attributable risks were found for coffee consumption (10.6%) and vigorous physical exercise (7.9%).
Caffeine is dangerous because it gives you a false sense of alertness. Creating artificial consciousness leads to a cockiness that cannot be backed up by the mind or the body. Jitters ensue and the rapid decline of mood begins to flush and emotional competency starts to decay.
The only way to get out of the caffeine cycle is to actively remove the consumption of caffeinated beverages from your diet. You’ll have to endure some withdrawal headaches and you’ll be tired a lot and then you won’t be able to stay asleep for very long — and you’ll be a cranky baby. After a couple of weeks of that torture of withdrawal, you will be free, and you’ll feel better and you’ll see life in a whole, new, relaxed and neutral light that you haven’t seen since you were nine years old.