Story by: Tess Barnett, staff writer
Photo by: Ashely Vega, staff photographer

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Caffeine. It is a substance that takes many forms, and can be obtained at almost every single store in the United States. For many Americans, it is an essential part their daily routine. Wake up, make coffee, go to work. Perhaps they will even indulge in this addictive substance more throughout the day.

Researchers agree that caffeine is the most consumed addictive substance throughout the world. It is widely known that caffeine is a stimulant that can make the consumer feel energized, but are there any undesirable effects that can come from the over consumption of caffeine?

The most common forms of caffeine are coffee, tea, soda, and energy drinks. Coffee, the most popular form of consumption, contains about 95-200 mg of caffeine per eight ounces, and is consumed by about 83 percent of adult Americans everyday.

Consuming too much caffeine can lead to insomnia, mood swings, and raised blood pressure, as well as impairment of nutrient absorption.

Despite having several adverse side effects and being considered almost universally to be an addictive substance, caffeine remains unregulated.

“Caffeine is bad for my voice, so I try not to drink it. It dries your throat out,” said Samantha Russell, 11.

Since it is an addictive substance, not consuming the usual amount of caffeine can lead the individual to experience withdrawal symptoms, including headaches and irritability. Some people can even have symptoms similar to that of withdrawing from narcotics or alcohol, like mood swings.

Despite these adverse effects, consuming a modest one or two cups of coffee or tea a day will probably not have negative consequences. It is important, however, to also consume adequate amounts of water as to not become dehydrated.