Stimulants are drugs, which improve both our physical and mental health temporarily, so that we have increased energy, increased alertness and feelings of wellbeing.
Can we be addicted to stimulants?
Unfortunately, the answer to this is Yes and as harmless as we think they are, they work in the total opposite way. I am not talking about the ones we know about, like speed, cocaine or cannabis. I am talking about sugar and caffeine, the ones that seem harmless, but can be quite damaging to our health.
What are the problems with caffeine?
In the long-term caffeine is addictive, meaning the more we drink, the more we feel the need to drink. Caffeine makes us feel more alert and more energised as a short-fix, but can never work long-term.
‘Caffeine blocks the receptors for brain chemicals leading to increases in adrenalin and therefore alertness.’ The more caffeine we drink the more the body becomes used to it; so it becomes insensitive to its own natural stimulants.
This spiral usually continues as we become more and more reliant on stimulants just to make us feel normal, resulting in the body’s inability to produce its own natural stimulants, leading to a caffeine addiction. Feelings of depression, exhaustion and our inability to cope without a regular consumption of caffeine, usually follows.
Of course coffee is not the only product that contains caffeine. Caffeine is also used to manufacture coca cola and energy drinks including Red Bull. It is also used in tea. Green tea and chocolate drinks also contain caffeine, but not in the same measures as those drinks I have already mentioned.
In my next blog I will explain how we can try kick the habit.