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Informative Speech-Caffeine

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Whitley Edwards

Professor Fox

Speech 1010-006

18 Feb. 2013

Informative Speech-Caffeine Outline

Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about what caffeine is, the effects of it, and the withdrawal symptoms.

Central Idea: Caffeine can be found in many places and comes in many forms. It can major effects on our body and we can experience major withdrawal symptoms.


I. What does coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate, and a bottle of medications have in common? II. They all contain caffeine, and that’s what I’m going to be talking about today. III. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Medical Association (AMA) have estimated that the average daily caffeine consumption among Americans is about 280 mg per day, while 20%-30% consume more than 600 mg daily. The top 3 sources of caffeine in adults are coffee (70%), soda (16%), and tea (12%)” (“Caffeine”). IV. Caffeine is common in our society and a lot of people, including myself, consume something with caffeine in it at least every day, but many of us don’t know what the effects or withdrawals can do to our bodies. V. I will discuss what caffeine is and where it can be found, the effects of it, and the withdrawal symptoms.

(Transition: Let’s first look at what it is and where it can be found.)


I. “Caffeine is a bitter, white substance found naturally in certain leaves, beans, and fruit of over 60 plants worldwide and produced synthetically and added to foods, drinks, supplements, and medications” (“Caffeine”). A. Caffeine is the more common, and much easier term to pronounce, for 1, 3, 7-trimethylxanthine (“Caffeine”). 1. It derives from the German word kaffee and the French word café, both meaning coffee (“Caffeine”). B. Caffeine is also considered a potent drug (Connolly). 2. “Along with nicotine and alcohol, caffeine is 1 of the 3 most widely used mood-affecting drugs in the world...