Monday, February 21, 2005

Caffeine Fiend

Does Betty Ford have a caffeine addiction wing because I may need to check into it. I've come to the realization that the headaches I've been suffering everyday are due to caffeine withdrawal(and that's only after eight hours without), and not a small caffeine dose will satisfy it. No, a can of soda won't send the headache away. I need a gallon cup of full flavor Folgers to make my head stop throbbing.

I know this is bad. Any addiction no matter how innocuous should be broken, but dammit, my head hurts when I wake up and just increases if I don't get some coffee. I try to temper it with a can of soda and a couple of Advil, but my head still hurts. It's not fair. And yes, I know pouting is silly, but shit!

God help me if I have to start popping No Doze.

It doesn't help any that I now have the excuse that I'm protecting myself from liver cancer either.

Oh boy, I found another excuse -

OAKLAND, California (UPI) -- Coffee may be good for life. A major study has found fewer suicides among coffee drinkers than those who abstained from the hot black brew.

The study of nearly 130,000 Northern California residents and the records of 4,500 who have died looked at the effects of coffee and tea on mortality.

Cardiologist Arthur Klatsky said of the surprising results, ``This is not a fluke finding because our study was very large, involved a multiracial population, men, women, and examined closely numerous factors related to mortality such as alcohol consumption and smoking.''

The unique survey also found no link between coffee consumption and death risk. And it confirmed a ``weak'' connection of coffee or tea to heart attack risk -- but not to other cardiovascular conditions such as stroke.

The study was conducted by the health maintenance organization Kaiser Permanente and was reported Wednesday in the Annals of Epidemiology.

--from Frequently Asked Questions about Caffeine

So it helps you not commit suicide. Good to know. Why do I want to quit again? Right, addiction bad. But look, coffee good. You know, I might be able to reconcile these two ideas once my head doesn't hurt.

Gonna go get a cup of coffee.


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