Today drugs were in the news here in Scotland. The Scottish Government was announcing its thoughts on the subject.
I'm on day one of Life Without Caffeine, a little experiment I'm performing on myself, so it was interesting to hear all this talk of addiction on the radio all day.
Yesterday, I found this on the internet. It's a cheery wee test to find out how much caffeine would kill you! (It takes a lot, by the way).
And today, I read a cheery list of the possible symptoms of caffeine withdrawal: "Headache – (often described as being gradual in development and diffuse, and sometimes throbbing and severe) Fatigue -- (e.g., fatigue, tiredness, lethargy, sluggishness) Sleepiness/drowsiness -- (e.g., sleepy, drowsy, yawning) Difficulty concentrating -- (e.g., muzzy) Work difficulty -- (e.g., decreased motivation for tasks/work) Irritability -- (e.g., irritable, cross, miserable, decreased well-being/contentedness) Depression -- (e.g., depressed mood) Anxiety -- (e.g., anxious, nervous) Flu-like symptoms -- (e.g., nausea/vomiting, muscle aches/stiffness, hot and cold spells, heavy feelings in arms or legs) Impairment in psychomotor, vigilance and cognitive performances"
And, yes, I've had a fair number of these symptoms today and so I am sending myself to bed early.
Incidentally this is well worth a visit - it's bizarre but yet I believe it could be addictive itself. Lift the mice into the armchair and see what happens. It's educational, honestly.