Health experts have warned about the growing problem of that most socially acceptable of drug addictions – caffeine.
Most people think nothing of their much-needed tea or coffee in the morning, or a can of cola to chase away the post-lunch slump.
But a study co-authored by Washington-based American University psychology professor Laura Juliano indicates that many are so dependent on caffeine they suffer withdrawal symptoms and are unable to reduce consumption – even if they have another condition that may be impacted by caffeine, such as a pregnancy, a heart condition, or a bleeding disorder.
The condition is called ‘Caffeine Use Disorder’ and even though caffeine is the most commonly used drug in the world, health professionals have been slow to characterise problematic caffeine use and acknowledge that some cases may call for treatment, according to the study.
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