Caffeine and Alcohol: Trading the CoffeeShop for the Bar

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    Mar 08, 2009 9:27 AM GMT
    I have recently quit drinking coffee alltogether. And, while the first five days were terrible- headaches and irritability- I feel great two weeks later. I actually have more energy than ever.

    I have noticed though that I have felt more urges to go out and have a beer or two whereas previous to quitting caffeine I frequented the bar scene very rarely.

    Could there be a connection? Trading addictions was one thought I had (BioPsychoSocial). Or, perhaps I just desire the social connection with the gay community (from coffeeshops to bars).

    Thoughts?


    Joe
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    Mar 08, 2009 6:14 PM GMT
    Clueless why you would chose to quit drinking coffee when there are many health benefits of drinking coffee including reducing your risk of getting alzheimers, demensia, parkinsons, and gallstones. Any negative effects of coffee are far less that those of drinking alcohol...minus the "red wine effect". Sounds to me like it's the social interacting thing you miss. I'd stick with coffee. Much healthier for you.
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    Mar 08, 2009 6:18 PM GMT
    Take the middle road, switch to green teaicon_smile.gif
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    Mar 08, 2009 7:47 PM GMT
    I am going to start drinking green tea...and club soda with lime for the bar scene.

    I don't really care for the effects of drinking alcohol anyway. It's just all the peer pressure that sucks... Even friends say "Why aren't YOU drinking?"

    Because "I don't want to!" Okay?


    Joe
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    Mar 08, 2009 7:54 PM GMT
    joecoolnv saidI am going to start drinking green tea...and club soda with lime for the bar scene.

    I don't really care for the effects of drinking alcohol anyway. It's just all the peer pressure that sucks... Even friends say "Why aren't YOU drinking?"

    Because "I don't want to!" Okay?


    Joe
    I actually don't drink that much either .. but back to the original post .. I like the social feel of locally owned coffee houses. I don't like coffee though and usually have some kind of tea (hot or cold) drink or snacks. I like to people watch. There is a nice hip place near me called Urban Grind that has a kind of modern industrial look with big windows that open to the sidewalk. San Diego usually has nice weather to get out and just sit and eat or drink something and people watch.

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    http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/fL04OTKgyGiUPmgNcw9Q9A?select=hb-lfjO2zq4oh04DDeQbgA

    Bars are OK but are not usually happening until later. Oh and all those places are smoke free here which makes them more pleasant.
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    Mar 08, 2009 8:04 PM GMT
    I try and only have 1 cup of coffee only when I wake. Too much caffeine I feel affects your metabolism and makes your body rely on more the more you drink. It's funny cuz just last night my new friends couldnt believe I dont drink so much alcohol being from the east coast of the usa. I didnt know the west coat thought of NYers as heavy drinkers.
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    Mar 09, 2009 4:47 AM GMT
    Doesn't caffeine impede the body's ability to absorb calcium effectively?

    That's why I finally accomplished the gruelling task of kicking the caffeine habit.

    To the OP, now that you are through the nasty headaches, don't ever go backicon_smile.gif