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Reviewed by Tammy G. for Readers' Favorite
Marina Kushner has compiled and edited this book, Confessions of a Caffeine Addict. The stories are serious and make one think about the caffeine one is consuming.
There are 40 individual stories from anonymous abusers of caffeine. After much research Kushner also found there were more than 73,000 caffeine overdoses in children and adolescents between 1989 and 2005. Of those, 227 cases were severe and 29 children died, according to her research into statistics from the American Association of Poison Control Centers. This is scary and awakening information! However, one must realize that some of these caffeine abuses were after a child, tween or teen actually drank those caffeine drinks like Red Bull, Monster and all those power-high caffeine laded drinks that is really like drinking three to four cups of coffee at one time.
I realize that Kushner doesn't care for caffeine and deems it as a drug... "Caffeine-induced stress can produce mood swings and irritability, increase muscle tension, impair digestion, restrict blood circulation to the brain, raise blood pressure, and accelerate the heart rate," her nonprofit says.
How many of us enjoy a cup of morning java or a latte? I enjoy that morning get.me.awake jolt. But after reading this book I realize that caffeine is a drug! So am I addicted? Is caffeine really like taking crack or crystal?
After asking these questions and reading this book I came to the conclusion that caffeine is an addiction! And Confessions of a Caffeine Addict demonstrates the ease in which one can become a caffeine addict and the dangers that addiction presents.
If you just can't do without that java then maybe you need to read this book!