Teen obsession with caffeine can have negative side effects

Caffeine’s misleading effects can have an influence on overall health


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Caffeine can take up to 10 hours to completely leave your bloodstream.

Caffeine is America’s most popular drug, consumed regularly by approximately 83.2% of teens. Caffeine, also known as trimethylxanthine, is considered a psychoactive drug that affects one’s mood and behavior.

While caffeine is naturally found in coffee and tea, it is often added to many medications and soft drinks to create palatable flavors.

Many teenagers are drawn to the effects caffeine has on their body, such as increased focus and alertness, as well as a boost of energy. A high percentage of teenagers are dependent on caffeine to get through the day, which can have an influence on overall health. Some report increased anxiety, trouble sleeping, irregular heartbeat, and even interference with fertility after consuming excess and regular amounts of caffeine.

Over 10% of emergency room visits are from the unwanted side effects of caffeine. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in 2011, approximately 20,783 people visited the emergency room due to caffeine intake.

People can become addicted to caffeine and may feel like they need it to function. Some may have trouble cutting back and limiting their intake despite the unpleasant side effects they may experience.

Regulating caffeine intake by limiting yourself to no more than 100mg a day is very important in limiting its unpredictable side effects.