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Is caffeine addictive?

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Caffeine is a stimulant to the central nervous system, and regular use of caffeine does cause mild physical dependence. But caffeine doesn't threaten your physical, social, or economic health the way addictive drugs do.

SOURCES:

International Food Information Council Foundation: "Caffeine & Health: Clarifying the Controversies."

Nutrition Action Health Letter: "Caffeine: The Good, the Bad, and the Maybe."

European Food Information Council (EUFIC): "Myths and Facts about Caffeine."

Johns Hopkins University Bayview Medical Center: "Information About Caffeine Dependence."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 19, 2019

SOURCES:

International Food Information Council Foundation: "Caffeine & Health: Clarifying the Controversies."

Nutrition Action Health Letter: "Caffeine: The Good, the Bad, and the Maybe."

European Food Information Council (EUFIC): "Myths and Facts about Caffeine."

Johns Hopkins University Bayview Medical Center: "Information About Caffeine Dependence."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 19, 2019

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