By Scott Ringenwald
Name of drug: Caffeine
Street Name: coffee, tea, soda, and
Brand Name: Coca Star-
Folgers Cola bucks
Chemical Name: Methylxanthine, or
Description of the Action
Caffeine blocks adenosine reception so you
It injects adrenaline into the system to give
you a boost.
And it manipulates dopamine production to
make you feel good.
People have been making
beverages from plants since
the Stone Ages for medical
use as well as social
For example Cocoa and the
Arabica bean have been used
as the basis for beverages for
centuries by the indigenous
people of Central and South
Caffeine is used as an
additional ingredient in
headache and migraine
Caffeine is sometimes
used in combination with
an antihistamine to
overcome the side effect of
Citrated caffeine is used to
treat breathing problems in
Prior to 1000 A.D.: Members of the Galla tribe in Ethiopia
notice that they get an energy boost when they eat a certain
berry, ground up and mixed with animal fat.
1000 A.D.: Arab traders bring coffee back to their homeland
and cultivate the plant for the first time on plantations.
Create a drink they call "qahwa" (literally, that which prevents
1453: Coffee is introduced to Constantinople by Ottoman
Turkish law makes it legal for a woman to divorce her husband if
he fails to provide her with her daily quota of coffee.
1607: Captain John Smith helps to found the colony of
Virginia at Jamestown. It's believed that he introduced coffee
to North America.
1773: The Boston Tea Party makes drinking coffee a patriotic
duty in America.
1920: Prohibition goes into effect in United States. Coffee
2003: Coffee is a giant global industry employing more than
20 million people. More than 400 billion cups are consumed
each year. It is a world commodity that is second only to oil.
Federal Rating of Drug and the Addictive Rating
It is not listed as a Scheduled drug by the FDA
However, it can be found in over the counter pill format and
people can form an addiction.
Caffeine is also used as a food additive regulated by the
Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Food and beverage manufacturers are legally required to list
caffeine on their products' label only when caffeine has been
Caffeine naturally present in other ingredients used in the
production process need not be on the label.
Benefits: Results in
energy and decreased
Detriments: Can cause
(leading to possible cardiac
conditions), and anxiety.
Studies show there is
definitely a psychological
addiction to caffeine.
The mind convinces the
body it needs that cup of
caffeine every day.
Along with nicotine and
alcohol, caffeine is one of
the three most widely used
mood -affecting drugs in
Possible Side Effects
I’ve gotta cut back on the
Possible Side Effects Continued…
Nausea and vomiting
Trouble in Sleeping
The caffeine addiction quiz
Do you answer yes to the following questions? Yes No
Do you use caffeine to facilitate a physical activity (waking up,
exercising, having a bowel movement, concentrating)?
Do you have to have caffeine in the morning? Can you substitute hot
water with lemon?
Do you crash or have caffeine/sugar cravings in the afternoon/early
Do you grow irritable, have headaches, feel disembodied if you miss
your caffeine fix?
Do you have difficulty falling asleep at night and waking feeling
Do you feel your social routines would suffer without caffeine use?
Does the idea of going without caffeine seem impossible to you?