ADDICTED TO COFFEE? YOU MIGHT WANT TO READ THIS
It is estimated that there are at least 1 billion coffee drinkers worldwide, with the average of 42.6 litres per person, annually. What was originally a popular drink among Europeans (Canada is the only non-European countries in the top 10 list of highest coffee drinkers, which contributed to 1/3 of total consumption of the whole world), is now becoming more and more popular among Malaysians.
Today, we can see new cafes (or the so-called hipster-cafes) blooming everywhere, even in rural areas, which is significantly good for our economy. In 2021 alone, with the limited MCO hours, 48 million kilograms were consumed. And now that we have moved to normal operation hours pre-endemic, we expect to see a higher figure by the end of 2022.
Research has shown that the caffeine in our coffee can improve mood, relieve headaches, and reduce risk of other major medical issues such as stroke, Parkinson, and Alzheimer. On average, an 8-ounce cup of coffee contains around 100mg of caffeine. However, just like nicotine, one can also get easily addicted to caffeine. Both are stimulants that can help improve mood and focus, letting our brain to expect the same ‘feel-good’ sensation every time we consume; and the next thing we know, we’re already hooked.
These are the symptoms that a caffeine-addicted person may experience:
• Feeling shaky
• Increased blood pressure
• Racing heart, or other heartbeat abnormalities
• Sleep issues
You can already tell from the symptoms that high caffeine intakes will also cause plenty of harms to our health. Based on a South Australia University’s finding, taking more than 6 cups of coffee everyday increases the risks of heart-related diseases by 22%. Women in menopause are associated with higher risk of osteoporosis. One may also experience sleep deprivation; making healing harder, while also making it challenging for our body to function well during the day – a not-so-great recipe for anxiety or panic disorders.
And on top of all these, there’s also the Malaysians’ BFF – sugar, or sugar-based creamer or toppings that come in almost every cup of coffee served!
You can still enjoy your coffee, but please do not go beyond 6 cups a day. Avoid sugar at all costs; coffees are made to taste good on their own since generations. And after reading the above paragraphs, you should also try to slow down your intake. You may feel some light withdrawal symptoms like headaches and fatigue at first, but they usually last only for two to nine days. Or try switching your regular coffee to decaf. Start by alternating between the two, and stop the regular one altogether once you get comfortable.