I scratched and scratched my arm when I noticed that I had about seven bumps on my arm. “I have chicken pox!” I yelled to my husband. He then explained that, no, you do not have chicken pox. They were just a bunch of mosquito bites. What? I never get bitten. My 6-year-old daughter looked at me and said that mosquitoes must really like Rockstar. I was a little embarrassed that my little daughter noticed how many Rockstars I was drinking. I looked deep into myself and realized that it was much more serious then mosquitoes loving my caffeine-filled blood. How many Red Bulls have I had today? One? Ok, two, but that’s not so bad right? I am not addicted,; I just like the taste. Or was I kidding myself and I truly was addicted to caffeine? Thus began my research into the world of caffeine.
How Bad Is Caffeine For You?
In all of my research (I would like to thank google for helping me out) I learned that 90% of people consume caffeine on a DAILY basis. Caffeine stimulates your central nervous system and is a metabolic stimulant. It is actually quite safe and has no regulations placed on how much a person can consume. There are four main caffeine disorders
– caffeine intoxication
– caffeine induced anxiety disorder
– caffeine induced sleep disorder
– caffeine related disorder
It is believed that caffeine can help to prevent some cancers and is used with positive results in helping premature babies. Ok, this was not really helping my cause to cut the caffeine. I don’t drink enough to have any disorders and I might be preventing cancer, or increasing my risk of bladder cancer.
How Caffeine Measures Up
My next question was, “How much caffeine is normal, or ok?” The mayo clinic stated that 400 milligrams a day is safe. OK, now to add up how much I actually drink. Now, let’s be totally honest here. On a bad day I have 2 Red Bulls, or a big Rockstar. So, let’s add it up.
– Rockstar 160 mg in 16 fl oz. 240 mg in a 24 oz can.
– Red Bull 80 mg in an 8 oz can
– Pepsi 38 mg in 12 oz
– Coffee 256 mg in a 20 oz cup
– McDonalds coffee 145 mg in a 16 oz cup
After looking it up I don’t actually have a “problem” compared to how much you can drink and still be “safe”. On most days I don’t even come close to the 400 limit.
Why Should I Stop?
After doing some research I learned that I am not as bad as I thought I was. I wasn’t putting myself into a caffeine induced coma or anything. Why give it up if it wasn’t that bad? I had to take a look at my life and think about how many times I have raced to Fred Meyer for a Red Bull (darn that amazing blueberry flavored one). How I went to Grocery Outlet and bought a weeks worth of Rockstar to get me through 3 days of babysitting. How I went to Taco Bell at 2 am just for an ice cold Pepsi. To me that screams addiction. I replace water with my beloved caffeinated beverages. Apparently I am doomed to be eaten alive by mosquitoes if I don’t give Rockstar the boot. So, maybe I am not the worst caffeine junkie out there, but for me I know it is time to stop using this “safe” stimulant. On weird side note, as I was looking through information on caffeine I found a little site that calculates how much caffeine “will kill you” and supposedly 99 cans of Rockstar will do me in.
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