A double eSTRESSo: Warning – your daily coffee is a powerful drug and can even spark panic attacks

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Article in the Mail On Sunday by Murray Carpenter

– Caffeine is an extremely powerful, psychoactive substance
– A quarter teaspoon of pure caffeine will cause anxiety and heart-racing
– Some people have a genetic predisposition to caffeine-induced anxiety

Caffeine is a drug most of us take daily. For at their essence, tea and coffee are simply convenient, stigma-free vessels for funnelling caffeine into our bodies.

You may think that is fantastic – an easy, cheap way to rev up your day – but research shows we massively underestimate the drug’s effects on our bodies and brains.

It is an extremely powerful, psychoactive substance.

In moderation, it makes us feel good. In excess, it is unpleasant, and in large enough doses it can even be fatal.

While a 16th of a teaspoon of pure caffeine powder gives a solid boost to a regular user, raising that to just a quarter teaspoon will lead to unpleasantness – racing heart, sweating, acute anxiety.

And it is this latter side effect that is particularly concerning, given the soaring incidence of worry and depression.

One adult in 20 now suffers anxiety, a feeling of unease or fear that can be mild or severe. The medical term is generalised anxiety disorder and it affects about three million people in the UK.

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