Caffeine is not a stimulant

Turns out that coffee in the morning doesn’t make you any more alert than non-coffee drinkers.  However, if you are addicted to caffeine and you don’t get your coffee, you will be less alert than those non-coffee drinkers.  This University of Bristol study found:

all the drink does is counteract the mild caffeine withdrawal symptoms people are experiencing because they have gone without the stimulant overnight.

And those who drink a caffeinated drink first thing are no more alert than those who never consume one.

So, drink coffee if you like it, but if you are doing it just to help you stay awake or to be more alert in the morning … you’ll need to find something else.

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