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Coffee Addiction: Is it All in Your Head?


Anyone who has experimented with alternative diets has probably been through a few caffeine withdrawals. But is there a “best way” to cut coffee from your diet, assuming that’s something you want to do?

New research published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology may hold some answers. In this research, experimenters recruited 48 heavy caffeine users (consuming at least 270 mg per day, or three cups of coffee) to take part in an effort examining how information on dose reductions influence self-assessments of withdrawal severity. In other words, they wanted to understand how much of the caffeine withdrawal process was real versus imagined.

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