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Monday, September 04, 2006

Are You Addicted to Coffee Checklist?

Checklist for Caffeine “Dependence”

Although caffeine shares features common to classic drugs of dependence, its dependence potential is very low (James, 1997). Based on the DSM-IV (1994) criteria for dependence and substance abuse, you may have a problem with caffeine if you have three or more of the following symptoms in the same 12-month period:

  1. You need to increase your intake of coffee/tea/cola to stay more alert and focused
  2. You reduce your intake but you don’t feel like your “old self”
  3. You have a desire to reduce your intake but have been unsuccessful in cutting back
  4. A significant portion of your day is used trying to obtain or buy coffee/tea/colas
  5. Your energy cycle is controlled by caffeine. You’re energetic in the morning, but you slow down by late afternoon
  6. You cannot go a day or more without caffeine
  7. If you don't drink coffee/tea/cola for 24 to 36 hours, you become lethargic, anxious, irritable and depressed
  8. If you don't drink coffee/tea/cola for 24 to 36 hours, you develop a throbbing headache
  9. You continue to consume caffeine despite your knowledge of it's negative effects on your body
  10. You lie about how much you consume
  11. You can’t keep track of how much coffee/tea/cola you’ve had in a day

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