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A little something to read over a nice cup of coffee

Mar 03,2007
Doctors say a person may be addicted to caffeine if they drink more than three cups a day. In a recent study by Yoo Jun-hyun, a doctor at the Samsung Medical Center, 2.1 percent of 810 college students were found to be heavy caffeine addicts. The study showed that 46 per cent of the students experienced at least one from a list of symptoms that included headaches, depression, anxiety and nausea when they tried to give up coffee. The students surveyed consumed 120.5 milligrams of caffeine every day. This is 1.6 cups worth of vendingmachine coffee. In addition 7.9 percent of the students had a daily intake of more than 250 milligrams of caffeine. According to a study by the American Psychiatric Association, a person who consumes more than 250 milligrams of caffeine per day may experience frequent urination, insominia, an irregular heart beat, agitation, muscle spasms and a lack of concentration.
Coffee consumption, however, is not all bad. “Consuming the appropriate amount helps increase concentration and acuity,” said Aeson Om, a Food and Nutrition department professor at Hanyang University. “It also helps digestion and reduces fatigue.” Kim Dai-jin a doctor at the Holy Family Hospital said addicts should gradually give up their fix. “Mix 10 percent of decaf coffee with regular coffee on the first week and increase the ratio of decaf coffee by 10 percent every week,” Mr. Kim suggested.


By Park Tae-kyun JoongAng Ilbo [ojlee82@joongang.co.kr]


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