Caffeine Synthesis Essay

1721 Words Jul 21st, 2012 7 Pages
Amanda Carlson
Amy Ruppert
English 101, 9am
March 11, 2011
Synthesis Paper Many Americans have included caffeine as a part of their daily diet whether they realize it or not. In fact, “caffeine is the most consumed psychoactive substance in the world” (Ruxton
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15). It is found very especially commonly throughout every day foods and consumed mostly though through coffee, tea, soda, and chocolate (Spiller 200). Many Americans participate in the use of caffeine; it is estimated that 90% of adults in the United States drink caffeinated beverages (Yang 245). How does this effect people though? Caffeine is a substance, even considered to be a drug by some, yet there
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Caffeine, when mixed with other substances, can become very dangerous. As many Central Washington University students have learned, when caffeine is mixed with alcohol, the effects of the alcohol are decreased making people unaware of how drunk they actually are getting. Caffeine is also able to increase the psychoactive effects of other drugs when mixed with them (Weinberg 297). Common drugs that caffeine is often mixed with include heroin, LSD, amphetamines, and cocaine.
On top of the things already stated, spontaneous caffeine withdrawals can cause disruptive symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, and unpleasant moods (Weinberg 275). Caffeine has been found to significantly alter a person’s mood and to slow down brain activity (Ruxton 16). Mood altering substances are considered dangerous and should be regulated or, at the very least, not readily available especially for people of all ages.
Children at any age are able to obtain and consume caffeine. Of course, most children are not going to be drinking coffee but caffeine is found significantly in other products such as soda. The intake of caffeine has to affect children in one way or another. Like adults, children experience both positive and negative effects from caffeine. Positive effects of caffeine on children included increased speech and performance (Dews 91). The negative effects found were decreased reaction time and decreased

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