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Coffee and Caffeine Related Products

By kbullock1113 Jun 01, 2014 1242 Words
General Goal: I want to inform my audience
Specific Goal: I would like the audience to understand the problems with over consuming the product caffeine. Thesis Statement: there are numerous side effects and health problems associated with caffeine. Caffeine should not be consumed to “energize”. Many often turn to caffeine to help, and doing so will lead you to become addicted to the substance much like a drug and will affect many aspects of your everyday life. Introduction:

I. How many of you have used caffeine related products to boost yourself in the morning or before a major task for the day? II. Caffeine seems like an easy fix to give yourself energy and help perform tasks doesn’t it? III. Today I want to share with you the risks and side effects caused by over consumption of caffeine related products such as; coffee, soda and energy drinks.


There are 167 million coffee drinkers in the U.S, and they consumed nearly 6.3 gallons last year alone. The average drinker admits to 3.4 cups a day. On top of our coffee, we drank around 2.4 billion gallons of tea in 2008, most of which were not herbal. Biggest of all are carbonated soft drinks, 70% of which are caffeinated. “Americans alone consumed a stunning 15.3 billion gallons last year, or 574 cans for every man, woman or child”. (Kluger) These astounding numbers do more than suggest that the American caffeine consumption is out of control. Caffeine can be linked to the reason why “Coca- Cola is the most successful product in the history of commerce.”(Sheffield) Caffeine is the number one used stimulant in the world.

A. Caffeine may cause many side effects if you consume more than the recommended amount. People should think about how often they consume caffeine and try to lessen the amount so they do not become addicted, or have the side effects caffeine related products cause.

1. A side effect problem commonly associated with caffeine is withdrawal. Withdrawal occurs when a person decides to stop caffeine consumption all together or limit their intake. Caffeine is a very powerful stimulant. 2. If you are already addicted you will notice this side effect. The best thing to do is slowly limit yourself so the withdraw symptoms aren’t so bad. 3. When someone doesn’t get their daily fix of caffeine they may experience more side effects like, anxiety, jitters, inability to focus, and irritability. 4. Caffeine works just as a drug does, once your body regularly uses the substance it becomes immune to it. After your body becomes immune you start to consume more and more doses to acquire the feeling you are looking for. At this point you have become addicted. 5. Researchers identified five clusters of common withdrawal symptoms: headaches, fatigue, drowsiness, changes in mood including depression and irritability, difficulty concentrating and flu-like symptoms of nausea, vomiting and or muscle pain or stiffness.

B. Side effects from caffeine can be greatly reduced.
1. A person dealing with the withdrawal effects can slowly “wean” their selves off of the addiction. 2. The person can also find a certain kind of food with the ability to motivate them and get the energy they need, preferably something healthy with vitamins and proteins. 3. Drinking vitamin rich drinks can also become a substitute for coffee or soda. Once your body gets used to using a different substance, it will gradually turn over from the addiction of caffeine and the withdrawal symptoms will be easier to handle and less noticeable.

II. The second reason caffeine shouldn’t be over consumed is the health risks associated with intake.
A. With higher doses, the risk of irregular heartbeats increases. In addition, recent studies have shown that caffeine may cause miscarriage or slow growth in a developing fetus in pregnant women. It has also been associated with an increased risk of osteoporosis and bone fracture in post-menopausal women. With all of these health problems, there is no need to have caffeinated beverages. B. The health risks vary from person to person.

1. If you suffer from a heart condition or seizures or chronic heartburn or you are at risk for having a stroke. 2. If you are pregnant, you and your child are at risk for developing high blood pressure or even bone disease.

II. The best thing for someone to do is to stop using caffeine on a regular basis. A. Thinking of your health will benefit you in the end rather than enjoying that coffee or energy drink to get things going. 1. You will increase your health if you turn down caffeine.

2. Drink water or flavored water instead of soda.
3. Drink decaf instead of regular coffee.
4. Always remember that soda and coffee will not benefit you in the end. 5. Try your best to find an alternative from caffeine usage and stop gambling your health by consuming these harmful products.

B. The health risks and side effects of caffeine do not outweigh your own personal health.

I. The benefits of caffeine seem to be really promising, but I fell they are just superficial. The benefits of caffeine are just a mask to the real problem. For instance people drink caffeinated beverages to stay awake for extended periods of time like for studying, long road trips and many other reasons. Caffeine just seems to be a crutch for not sleeping. Caffeine is also used to combat low energy levels which are usually caused by not enough sleep. Caffeine is just like any other drug, it works great the first couple of times, then the more it is used, the greater amount is needed to cause the same effects as the first use. Caffeine is a stimulant type drug; there should be no reason for using caffeine as a quick fix as frequently as Americans do. The beverage industry is thriving on the world’s population having a drug addiction. According to the International Olympic Committee, they are currently list caffeine as a restricted drug. Urinary levels up to a concentration of 12 mg/liter are acceptable, anything above these levels are viewed as deliberate doping, for performance enhancement. (Caffeine and athlete)If the Olympic Committee has reason to ban caffeine from all its athletes then caffeine should be banned from all beverages.

II. My recommendation for caffeine users is slowly detox yourself of caffeine. I say slowly because a sudden cease of caffeine consumption will cause immense withdrawal symptoms. A remedy for caffeine’s top two so called benefits, low energy and fighting fatigue is sleep. People would be amazed by the results if they were to get a better night’s sleep and have less caffeine in their diet. If you are looking to get something to drink try water. Water does not cause any type of withdrawal symptoms and help with many aspects in helping the body become healthier. Since caffeinated beverages are a form of diuretics, water is a better option in keeping the body hydrated. So the next time you pick up the coffee pot or grab a soda, just think of the potential side effects and the harmful side affects you are inflicting on your own body.

Works Cited

Griffiths, Roland. “Is caffeine Withdrawal a Mental Disorder?” Oct. 2004 Web. 4 Mar. 2012 Kluger, Jeffery. “The Buzz on Caffeine” 20 Dec. 2004. Academic Search Elite. Ebsco Host.
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Lovett, Richard. “Demon Drink” New Scientist. 24 Sept 2005. SIRS. Web 4 Mar. 2012 Stroh, Michael. “Just One Cup a Day Is Enough to Hook Coffee Drinkers” Los Angeles Times.
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