6 Surprising Facts About Caffeine

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Reports of Addiction Are Exaggerated

Yes, caffeine use does lead to a mild physical dependence, but it also doesn't threaten a person's physical, social, or economic well being the way other addictions do, like to sex, gambling, or other drugs like alcohol or heroin. Halting prolonged caffeine consumption will engender withdrawal symptoms for a couple days, including headache, fatigue, anxiety, and irritability, but, again, they'll be minor compared to the symptoms produced by other drugs.

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