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Coffee’s Emotional Buzzkill

BY RELEVANT ISSUE 60 / LIFE October 17, 2012

Coffee lovers, you might want to skip this one. An article in Forbes is calling shenanigans on the oft-touted benefits of coffee, saying java is murder on regular drinkers’ emotional health. While coffee does provide its famous burst of energy to those who drink it rarely, coffee addicts (read: everyone) are actually just being returned to their normal, functioning levels when they drink the drip.

And while coffee does mimic adrenaline in its effect on the body, adrenaline is only meant to be activated in actual emergencies, like getting attacked by a bear or walking through a spiderweb. These situations send your body into a “fight or flight” mode, but adrenaline isn’t meant to be what gets you through your workday on a regular basis.

In short, the adrenaline-mimicking effect of coffee makes you treat all conflicts—like a fight with your boyfriend or criticism from your boss­—like an attacking bear. Not drinking coffee, on the other hand, means you treat everyone as if you, yourself, are an attacking bear. Coffee drinkers, the choice is yours.