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Many adults develop a habit of consuming caffeine regularly. They enjoy several cups of coffee or black tea every day. Even drinks like cola and snacks like chocolate deliver caffeine, and some over-the-counter medications contain small quantities. All of these beverages and foods contribute to an addiction some people aren't even aware they have. As such, when someone quits or reduces caffeine, they may experience caffeine withdrawal. The symptoms associated with the condition are often unpleasant and may even prompt people to resume their caffeine habits.

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1. How Caffeine Affects the Brain

Most people who drink or consume caffeine regularly do so because it gives them a feeling of alertness. This is because caffeine stimulates the central nervous system. Many people use caffeine in the morning or to keep going throughout the day on too little sleep. It may seem easier to rely on caffeine than to make the lifestyle changes necessary to increase energy and decrease fatigue. However, as with many substances, the body develops a tolerance to caffeine over time. Often, a person needs to increase the amount of caffeine they consume to continue experiencing the same effects.

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