What Happens if You Stop Drinking Caffeine?


This is a Second Thought video in collaboration with Better Ideas. Make sure to watch his video after this. In a previous episode we looked at what would happen to your body if you stopped drinking soda. The list was pretty impressive, and the most common question in the comment was “What about caffeine?” So, in this video we’ll be answering just that So, let’s get started! We all know that caffeine is responsible for that little energy boost you get when you drink a cup of coffee But, what exactly is it? Caffeine is a natural stimulant found most commonly in coffee, tea and cocoa plants The first brewed tea has been traced back as far as 27.000 BCE And caffeine is currently the most widely used psychoactive drug in the world, with 80% of the world’s population consuming a caffeinated product everyday and upwards of 90% of adults in North America. Caffeine’s main effect is on your brain. It blocks the production of adenosine, the chemical responsible for making you feel tired. It also stimulates the production of dopamine and adrenaline, giving you that rush you crave before work or school. And there’s the main problem with caffeine: it’s incredibly addictive. How many of you know someone who says “Don’t talk to me before I have my coffee”? Or “I can’t function in the morning without my Starbucks”. Probably quite a few. As annoying as that is, people who say things like that probably actually mean it. Their body is so accustomed to a caffeine hit at the same time each morning that if they don’t get it they start to experience withdrawal The symptoms of withdrawal usually begin 12 to 20 hours from your last caffeine fix, peaking two days later and generally lasting about a week if you don’t cave and have a soda or a cup of coffee to make it go away. Withdrawal symptoms include mild to severe headaches, depending on how much caffeine you usually consume. Generally, your headaches will be very mild if your body is used to less than 500 milligrams of caffeine per day. That’s about five cups of coffee, which seems like a lot to many of us but there are people who drink all that coffee or even more. And it’s not just coffee that counts towards that 500mg figure. If you have a soda with lunch and tea in the afternoon they’ll contribute to your caffeine dependency too If you’re trying to cut off caffeine entirely, the list of withdrawal symptoms is pretty intimidating First and most obviously, caffeine is a stimulant so you’ll loose the little energy kick you had relied on to get through the day. You’ll also miss out on the psychological mood and concentration boost your favorite caffeinated drink provides One of the drawbacks of caffeine for people with anxiety issues is that the increased adrenaline production can actually trigger symptoms that feel like a panic attack. If you’re trying to quit caffeine to avoid this issue, well, we’ve got some bad news for you. Caffeine withdrawal can actually cause depression and anxiety too According to one study by Johns Hopkins about 13% of people suffer significant impairment while trying to quit. You’ll also feel in increasingly irritable every little thing will get on your nerves You’ll probably suffer from constipation for a few days since caffeine stimulates bowel activity and your body has become accustomed to tit Strangely enough you might have to deal with insomnia for a week or so Typically, we think consuming caffeine as a culprit behind insomnia, and while that often is the case, your body will protest the lack of caffeine too; and you’ll be specially aware of it when you’re lying in bed trying to sleep. This all sounds pretty unpleasant, but the health benefits are probably worth it. After the painful withdrawal period you’ll sleep better and feel more rested during the day. You’ll likely won’t feel the need for an afternoon pick me up to make it through the rest of the day. Caffeine has been linked more and more closely with panic attacks and anxiety disorders – the most common form of mental illness in the United States Cutting back on caffeine could very likely lessen their severity. Your headaches should disappear – at least those you associated with lack of coffee or caffeinated beverages. Your teeth will thank you as well. Caffeinated drinks, specially dark sodas and coffee are notorious for staining the enamel of your teeth, giving you a less charming yellower smile. Cutting these drinks from your daily routine will help keep your teeth healthy and bright. Finally, you’ll suffer less from heartburn . Over 20% of all Americans report that the experience heartburn at least once a week. And 7% experience it daily Coffee is a particularly bad trigger for people who suffer from heartburn, so reducing your coffee intake will hell prevent painful episodes All that being said, caffeine isn’t all bad.

98 thoughts on “What Happens if You Stop Drinking Caffeine?

  1. I was a heavy coffee drinker for 5 years. I use to drink 3-5 cups of coffee daily, but after noticing my teeth getting rèally yellow I decided to quit after my exams. I did not experience any withdraws apart from feeling tired for the first 2 days.

  2. I'm sad that coffee doesn't do anything to me but a tiny relaxation moment. ;-; Can't even get addicted to the stuff.

  3. I went off of caffine almost 7 months ago (not completely but now average 1-2 energy drinks every month). That said it works sooo much better for keeping me awake and alert when I use it now. In addition this is what my BP has changed to which is awesome.

    With caffine multiple times a day – 130-140 systolic average
    During my detox off of caffine-
    185 was my max and the headaches were terrible.
    Since being off of caffine-
    105-115 systolic.

    Havent had a headache since going off of caffine. Way way way more energy too. Only thing I notice now is that when I do have a soda with caffine in it or an energy drink… my HR actually spikes up around 20 beats per minute for the next hour or two after.

  4. Well i stopped energy drinks suppet suddenly because i had a talk with my parents, whiich was about the fact that caffeine makes your "sorry" Sperm not work properly… I havent drank energy drinks and much caffeine for more than a year, i admit i feel tired alot more.. Haha but im fine

  5. What if you don't start to drink cafee.
    W t f.
    Humans not need cafee..
    It only need some water I early morning.

    But 80% of brainless people on earth believe cafee is essentially.

  6. Dam good thing I listened to that YouTube video years ago that said coffee was dangerous. I'm 29 and have never had coffee on a daily basis. Sometimes I don't have caffeine for months.

  7. Great video! We as Americans need to learn to live without caffeine, as it is one of the most addictive drugs on the planet. If only more people knew that it was a drug in the first place! Thank you for sharing!

  8. I had a stroke after having coffee every night .i quit coffee and it's better.i had a minor stroke,so I am fine.

  9. I don't drink coffee, but I do drink caffeinated soda. Caffeine tastes good, which no one mentions. The only root beer I like is Barq's, and it's caffeinated. My favorite orange soda is Mountain Dew Live Wire, and it's caffeinated. I gave it up for a while, and I can vouch for the painful headaches. I can't particularly vouch for feeling better afterwards, though.

  10. Seems like just about everything you eat or drink is bad for you. Our water is polluted with all of the drugs that pass through our bodies, and are dumped down the drain, into the water supply, and no they can not remove them from it. Chemical waste from all of this superior technology, that they brag about, get into our food and water also, good old pesticides, the air is full of industrial pollutants, as well as our vehicle exhaust, and much of the claimed " organic" produce is a rip off. Ahh that good old fast food, now that is a real treat, do you like Pizza? Willard, Mitt Romney's real first name, doesn't drink caffeinated drinks. However, he just loves to gobble down a hand full of cereal as a snack. I am 76 years old, and just gave up sugar, well as much as I could avoid, and lost 20 lbs, did not even have to exercise. I don't eat pork or beef, no Mayonnaise, milk, or those fat loaded salad dressings, but I got hooked on coffee while in the navy, used it to stay awake while on watch. The drugs that I take to ward off the effects of my advanced arthritis are far more damaging than the coffee that I drink, so what the hell I think that I'll go have another cup of Joe. Bottled water is a con. Just wait until they figure out a way to sell you air in a can.

  11. "a 45% lower risk of suicide" (Because that's always a potential event) So maybe if a friend is feeling suicidal I should offer some coffee?

  12. i'm on day 4 and i'm feeling really good. I didn't quit cold turkey though I put less coffee in my cup each day, cold turkey you have to go through like 3 days of shit before you start feeling decent

  13. i'm pretty sure it was causing my migraines for the past 20 or so years which have actually cost me a lot of good jobs (they get so bad I can't see) and put me through so much pain I can't even explain

  14. its just wow that ppl see cocaine as it comes from satan himself, but is not much worse than a coffee. thats brainwashing on the highest level

  15. I only drink coffee 2 times a week usually on the weekends. If I drink it every day it makes me sluggish and sleepy. I know people that drink around 5-10 cups a day

  16. Coffee is very addictive think if you don't smoking or something snuss.. Every people has need to be some kind addiction i think our brains is programmed to be some kind addiction.

  17. I went to make some coffee this morning and realized I was completely out, I got so upset I had to call my A.A. Sponsor

  18. Personal experience… Withdrawal symptoms. That's what happens when you stop drinking caffeine. I have managed to cut down, though.

  19. I would love to quit caffeine, but the migraines are brutal. It is such a massive money making product, but health wise…I know it is terrible.

  20. Quitting greatly decreased my anxiety, brain fog and increased my overall mood would recommend quitting if you have any of these problems.

  21. What if sugar in coffee causes the addiction? I drink a lot of black coffee and i dont feel these withdrawals when i stopped.

  22. Caffine toxicity and the symtoms of a full-on panic attack are indistinguishable. Nicotine is far worse.
    Psychologically withdrawing from anything is Far worse than the physical. Learning how to Live without using may be the hardest thing you'll ever do. To be sure, personally I think that the placebo affect-effect with any substance is perhaps 70% of efficacy. Make the connection; China has known for millennia that the greatest sex is in the mind. The spoon or the orgasm. Same damn thing. Yes really.
    It's funny that two of the worst drugs to give up come in the way of a simple cup of coffee and a cigarette.
    Starbucks or Kodiak, the needle or a line – your all using.
    I wonder if anyone has thought of doing a vid on the history of substance use ?

  23. Day 18 no caffeine. After a buddy with 3 kids told me about SMV i decided to try it. Works so far. Im not spending $4 a day on 2 Bangs!

  24. I was heavy smoker but now I am addicted to coffee and can stop smoking. This is PROS of consuming coffee.. you can change your addiction from nicotine to cafeine

  25. Also note that some people consume a lot of sugar in coffee. Several packets or sugar cubes with every cup, which makes the crashes far worse while also rotting your teeth. I do enjoy a cup of coffee every morning (just one for the day) but no sugar and usually no milk/cream.

  26. Caffeine used to give me anxiety. I quit 2 decades ago. My withdrawal symptoms were I'd get a headache everyday for a week..and muscle aches. Could not seem to get enough sleep, was tired during work then nap like Rip Van Winkle after work, a few hrs later back to bed, sleep till morning, then wake with another headache.

  27. caffeine actually helps rather than making my anxiety worse, it also helps when I feel extremely low (not diagnosed with depression but got a feeling I might….) I do take breaks from it now and then and my intake fluctuates which I'm guessing is why I don't get withdrawal, some days I'll have 2 monsters, the next I'll probably have nothing and feel fine.

  28. Bruhh.. I never thought I can get withdraw by not drinking coffee 😒
    I stop drinking coffee 3 days ago and I felt so exhausted.
    Now I'm feeling way better

  29. Don't even drink sodas or coffee that much maybe once a week and i could say i feel way better only drinking water all day and fresh fruit juices i'm feeling way better to be honest

  30. I had caffeine every day for over 20 years. A year after I quit, I still had lack of energy. I didn't recognize myself, depressed and unhappy. So I had some and the difference was immediate. I felt like myself again, playful and smiling. Maybe somehow the long term use of caffeine makes it impossible to quit without permanent changes to the brain.

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