questionsare you physically dependent on caffeine?

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During the week, I drink a single cup of coffee to get me up and going before work. I make a rule to not drink it on the weekends so I don't get that dependency.

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As I always say, I have no problem with caffeine, as long as I get it.

I've also been known to say MOAR Coffee!

It's a major food group, and required for survival (other people's survival, that is).

MMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Coffee GOOD

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Yes, but I have been able to cut back. I do not drink caffeine after 1:00 pm. I can still fall asleep at night, but I don't sleep as deeply and end up tired all the time. I do drink caffeine every morning and get a nasty headache if I miss it completely.

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Diet Coke, coffee, tea, chocolate - especially chocolate!

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yes, go through classic DT symptoms (headache, shakes, sweats) when I go too long without (over 36 hours). I have tried repeatedly to cut back but always revert back to my caffeine dependent ways

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Yes and no. I'm trying to ween myself off coffee, though I never do drink that much. But still.

Once I'm out of bed, I'm awake within 15, 20 minutes. But if I don't have something in the morning, I typically hit a wall.

So I guess that's a yes. Crap.

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@shrdlu: Agreed, I'm ok with my coffee/tea addiction. It makes me happy and it makes dealing with people in the morning bearable.

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One small cup a day definitely makes my morning more productive but I wouldn't say I am dependent. I don't drink it on the weekends as a full nights sleep is enough to make me a very chipper morning person.

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I drink caffeine like a fiend most of the time. I went one summer averaging 2 cups of coffee and 1 energy drik a day, sometimes more. But when I stop, I don't get any of the symptoms of physical dendency. I just like it a lot! 8D

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Coffee is the elixir of life. Nectar Of The Gods if you will.

The active ingredient is part of what sets us apart from the beasts.

"Caffeine makes you smarter than you are" may be trite, but is also true.

In light of these indisputable facts, I don't feel so much dependent on caffeine as enlightened by it. I feel it's an honor to be allowed to partake of this magical potion.

To equate caffeine with physical dependence is heresy of the highest order and I fear for the souls of those who fall into this trap. Beware.

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I'm generally in th3 3-5 travel mug a day group, except on data analysis days. Then I start counting in pots.

But I'm not addicted. Really. I can stop whenever I want. hands shaking while grasping said mug

@shrdlu: I wonder how @theoneill555 is doing with their coffee-fast...

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I weened myself from caffeine addiction right after I got a divorce. The headaches lasted a few days. After that, I drank a cup of coffee, maybe, once a week. That lasted 2 years or so. Now, I am back to a cup a day, give or take. I do think that if I went more than 2 days without, my head would start to ache again.

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No and I try hard to limit my intake so when I do need it it works.

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I drink probably 20-40 ounces most days. I have quit cold turkey for months at a time as well as frequently go 2-3 days without it with pretty much zero side effects. Sure, I find myself a little more tired in the morning on days I don't drink any but only when I really think about it. I find it helps with dieting because it really makes me feel full without adding a lot of calories.

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Coffee, along with beer, is proof that there is a God and that He loves us very much.

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I don't drink coffee, but I was a three can a day cola drinker. I stopped drinking colas for my New Year's resolution. So far, I haven't noticed any difference. GO AWAY AND LEAVE ME ALONE! I'M TIRED OF ALL OF THIS!! Now, where were we? Nope, no changes.

(And I'm not giving up chocolate.)

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@natedogg828: That's exactly what I go through. It takes me about a day and a half to start feeling it.

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For those not familiar with The Descendent's beautiful work, I invite you to listen to their masterpiece, Coffee Mug: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGzgwbnB7eM

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no. I used to drink many cans of Dew a day, but since I've quit, even a small amount seems to effect me in a negative way.

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I LEARNED IT FROM WATCHING YOU, DAD

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Yep. Right now I would get a headache and feel off if I did not have any. I have quit for months at a time and end up going back. At the worst, I was drinking more than a 24 pack of pop a day. Currently, I am in a 2 or 3 can mode. DH quit last spring and has not gone back.

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@matt1976: Love Milo, but their 80's lyrics are quite un-PC.

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@rlapid2112: Yeah, Coffee Mug seemed SFW though.

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I can not shake Cherry Coke - I have tried and no way.

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@matt1976: http://www.lyricstime.com/descendents-coffee-mug-lyrics.html

Good stuff. I saw them in some crappy warehouse in Phoenix, back in 86.

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I work a boring boring job that has extremely long hours, so yes, I depend on caffeine to keep me alert and productive. To help counter-act my dependence (and avoid addiction symptoms) on caffeine, I do a few things.

1. Avoid drinking TOO much. I drink a caffeinated beverage early into, or before my shift starts, and then alternate to water, or something caffeine free, then drink a little more caffeine after lunch towards the end of the 3rd quarter of my shift. This gets me through my day with only two servings of caffeine.

2. On days off, I get appropriate amounts of sleep, and I avoid caffeine. I tend to get a bit of a headache towards the end of my 2nd day off when I have two days off in a row, but if I go two days without caffeine after a month or so of continuous usage, I will have dizzying migraines.

3. Drink plenty of water and take vitamins. This keeps me healthy and less fatigued. Most caffeinated drinks dehydrate you, keep that in mind.

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Yes, but i get ALL my caffine from chocolates.

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I've had so much coffee today I should be zipping around like a hummingbird, but I actually want a nap instead.

Kinda funny, those things.

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I HAVE to have a cup or two of coffee in the morning. Can't function without it. Don't really need anything else during the day, sometimes I'll have a soda in the afternoon though.

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i really love to drink coffee but i do not rely one it!

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I used to drink tons of soda (like 2 or 3 64 ounce cups a day). I cut back a lot. Then when my second daughter was born I made a vow to never drink soda/caffeinated products again. It has been almost 9 months and I have not had a drop of soda or caffeine.

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No... just kidding.

@pinchecat: at least you you are using the good beans.

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I'm afraid if I quit, I'll become insufferably smug.

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I'm a student and tend to ramp up my caffeine intake significantly from about 1 cup of tea a day most of the time to 2-3 cups of coffee a day the week before exams. If I go cold turkey the Saturday after the test, I get severe migraines and fatigue, and I'm pretty sure that defines being physically dependent. So I use green tea like a hippie Nicorette patch and wean myself back down over a few days. Then I do it again in three weeks!