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Best Way To Beat A Caffeine Addiction?

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the coffee-grouches-of-the-world-unite dept.

Science 1337

ethanms writes "I'm pretty sure that I'm addicted to caffeine... I get nasty headaches if I skip coffee and soda for a day. If I go even longer, then the headaches get worse and I start to become (even more of) a pain in the ass to those around me. Within five or ten minutes of a cup of joe or can of Mountain Dew the headache is gone and I feel fine... There's plenty of advice out there for dealing with addiction, but I'm really interested in how other /. users have managed and controlled their own caffeine intake, especially considering how heavily it is pushed by many development / engineering communities. 'Just drink more' isn't really the answer I'm after either."

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Easy (5, Funny)

boatboy (549643) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855193)

Start smoking.

Mental discipline (4, Insightful)

Brahmastra (685988) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855194)

How about just stop taking caffeine, nicotine, or whatever it is you are addicted to (if you wish to stop that is).

Re:Mental discipline (0, Troll)

xSauronx (608805) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855251)

yeah, and for heroine addicts....just stop doing drugs.


how does this get insightful? if he doesnt have the caffeine, he gets a headache. just stopping may work for some things, and some people, but if it was simple as that for him, dont you think he would have already?

Re:Mental discipline (5, Insightful)

I Be Hatin' (718758) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855289)

How about just stop taking caffeine, nicotine, or whatever it is you are addicted to (if you wish to stop that is).

I suppose that would work, but have you ever had a caffeine-withdrawl headache? Maybe spending an indefinite amount of time with piercing pain in your head sounds okay to you, but I'd imagine ethanms would rather find a less painful alternative.

Re:Mental discipline (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7855325)

You're a complete retard. How this gets insightful is beyond me.

An addiction is physical as well as mental. You really don't know the meaning of addiction do you?

It went like 2 Minutes without a first post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7855196)

So I had to step in

YOU HAD TO STEP IN JUST TO FAIL IT? YFI! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7855221)

YUO = TEH FALIURE!!`1`tilde`!!1`eleven!

Reason: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING.

first post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7855197)

yay!

Just bear through it. (5, Insightful)

Goalie_Ca (584234) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855198)

Just stick it through and soon enough you'll be free. Learn to drink water instead.

I WANT TO PUT MY PEE PEE IN YOUR POO POO HOLE (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7855199)

Browse SourceForge - Shop ThinkGeek - freshmeat Downloads - Newsletters - Personals (ha!) All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective owners. Comments are owned by the Poster. The Rest (C) 1997-2003 OSDN

I WANT TO PUT MY PEE PEE IN YOUR POO POO HOLE

Browse SourceForge - Shop ThinkGeek - freshmeat Downloads - Newsletters - Personals (ha!) All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective owners. Comments are owned by the Poster. The Rest (C) 1997-2003 OSDN

I WANT TO PUT MY PEE PEE IN YOUR POO POO HOLE

Browse SourceForge - Shop ThinkGeek - freshmeat Downloads - Newsletters - Personals (ha!) All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective owners. Comments are owned by the Poster. The Rest (C) 1997-2003 OSDN

I WANT TO PUT MY PEE PEE IN YOUR POO POO HOLE

Browse SourceForge - Shop ThinkGeek - freshmeat Downloads - Newsletters - Personals (ha!) All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective owners. Comments are owned by the Poster. The Rest (C) 1997-2003 OSDN

I WANT TO PUT MY PEE PEE IN YOUR POO POO HOLE

suggestion (4, Funny)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855201)

get yourself addicted to crack or heroin, or CmdrTaco's dirty underwear.

Re:suggestion (1)

KrispyKringle (672903) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855295)

Isn't that the idea behind Methadone?

i met a heroin addict that kicked it ... (1)

polished look 2 (662705) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855314)

by switching to crack which, he claimed, was easier to quit but I personally consider smack and crack far more detrimental to one's health than cocaine so it does not seem beneficial to addict one's self to heavier stimulants and/or intoxicants.

Anyway, I drink lots and lots of pop (probably a 12-pack a day of diet cokes) and smoke about a pack-a-day of cigarettes and I've quit both on occasions cold turkey. Is there pain involed? Yes, of course there is - it is tough but if you can bare with it a few days you'll soon be over your addiction but you may find it much easier by utilizing more of your time exercising such as on an exercise bike upon which you may use your computer and/or read. I highly recommend this approach because it gives you something else to do plus it should counter-act the weight gain you'll experience after stopping caffeinated pop.

Similar Article (-1, Troll)

the man with the pla (710711) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855203)

Speak of the devil, I just saw something on this over at tubgirl tech archive. [tubgirl.com]

--
get the message [anti-slash.org]

Re:Similar Article (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7855216)

That would probably work.. have tubgirl printed at the bottom of a coffee cup.. after you drink your cup of BROWN LIQUID coffee, you see her and never drink coffee again!

You're a genius!

Re:Similar Article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7855302)

We should take it a step further and help fat Slashdotters lose weight by printing the Goatse man on dinner plates! You finish your reheated macaroni and cheese and then BAM, Goatse! I bet THAT would make you lose your appetite for a few hours!

WARNING: GOATSE-LIKE LINK (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7855248)

DO NOT CLICK

Re:51m1l4r 4r71cl3 (1)

Deraj DeZine (726641) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855282)

Classical conditioning at its best... by best I mean the-most-disgusting-thing-I've-ever-seen-what-were -you-thinking-I-could-have-had-a-heart-attack-why- didn't-you-use-goatse.

I have to say (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7855320)

I have to say that it's comments like yours that keep me feeling appreciated for my work. Thank you for sharing your experience with me.

Plesae join the slashdot jihad [anti-slash.org] and fight the injustice.

--The Man with the plan

My suggestion! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7855204)

masterbation

Try other things (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7855205)

1: coke
2: smack
3: weed
4: crank

that's fix your caffeine addiction.

multiple withdrawals (5, Interesting)

abysmilliard (557352) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855207)

The last time I quit caffeine (it only stuck for a few months), I killed it good by ALSO giving up cigarettes, sugar, and drinking at the same time It creates a situation where you feel so fucking miserable that really, you stop worrying about caffeine or really anything else, for that matter Anyways, caffeine exits your system after about three days. I suggest giving it up when you next have the flu, next have a really, REALLY bad bender, or next time you have a fever. The other feelings will be so painful, additional misery shouldn't bother you (much)

Take it one day at a time. (3, Insightful)

James A. C. Joyce (733782) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855209)

And don't suddenly stop your intake. Reduce it gradually, in transitional stages. This can be difficult, but it's worth the patience.

Re:Take it one day at a time. (2, Informative)

PythonCodr (731083) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855294)

That's how I did it ... no caffeine after 4pm one week, 3pm the next ... by the time I got to 11am, the headaches I got when I stopped drinking it had gone away.

Two methods (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7855210)

One... go cold turkey, take some pain reliever, and suffer for a day or two.

Or

Two... drink less and less each day (over a week or so) until you're not drinking any.

The Answer You're After (1)

Lshmael (603746) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855213)

Just drink less.

Seriously, if you lowered your intake progressively, you should be able to kick the caffeine.

Just Drink More...Kidding (1)

sreynolds17 (707448) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855214)

Well, I haven't seen a Cafitrol patch, so the best way I've seen is to step down gradually and keep tylenol around. That is how two of my friends beat the addiction. It took about 3 weeks to get off completely. Me? I've thought about it, but I don't have the willpower *grabs bottle of Bawls*...mmm....bawls....

Free medical advice is worth every cent (3, Insightful)

herrlich_98 (267669) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855215)

Ask your doctor rather than ask Slastdot.

Re:Free medical advice is worth every cent (0)

OverclockedMind (730057) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855270)

Of course, if you're a true slashdot fan.....

I was addicted once... (0, Offtopic)

donkeyoverlord (688535) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855218)

To trying to get first post!!!! But really, why don't you just ween yourself off? Have the small cup of coffee or only half a can of Dew.

Slowly.... (1)

Sikmaz (686372) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855220)

I removed sugary drinks and candy from my diet two years ago and I am working on Caffiene. So far I have had moderate success by limiting my intake. For example I now only drink Caffiene at lunch and then only one glass of Diet Coke. In a few weeks I will trim it down to Once every two days etc.

It seems to be working for me so far...

Worked for me... (4, Insightful)

nuxx (10153) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855222)

The best way I've found is to taper off your caffeine usage to maybe half a cup of coffee per day, then just stop.

Yes, it sucks. Yes, you'll get headaches for four to five days. And yes, you may end up with some weird flu-like symptoms after about a week.

But, after all the feeling-like-crap for a while, you'll be over it. You just have to deal with it.

Gradually lower dosages (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7855224)

What about slowly bringing the level you consume down? With coffee, you could make a pot which is part decaf and part regular. Start with mostly regular and proceed to mostly decaf, slowly. You might also be able to do this with sodas assuming you have a diet/caffeine free version to mix in.

Same idea as anti-smoking patches/gums/etc.

Cold Turkey... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7855227)

Took me a week of cold turkey to get over the headaches when I gave up my 32ozs of coffee every day. I found neither Tylenol or Advil made any difference either.

Cold Turkey, more or less (1)

PenguinRadio (69089) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855228)

I know how you feel. I was that way as well, and I was going nuts without a couple Cokes during the day (about 92-128 oz a day). I basically decided to give it up cold turkey, which didn't work that well either. I finally kicked it by switching to 7-up and Sprite, with an occasional Diet Coke.

Lost a lot of weight too.

beat it the same way you beat other addictions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7855229)

just stop taking it

i know its hard, for sure .. i've had three ;)

this might help : get addicted to heroin or ghb for a few months, then break THAT .. caffeine will be so damn easy to break once you've gone through that hell

It takes 2-3 days to get over the headache (1)

Adam Rightmann (609216) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855230)

I would stop drinking coffee occasionally in college, often a few weeks before finals to let my body rest up for the final crunch.

The first 2-3 days I would have a headache, then I would be caffeine and headache free.

I chose not to fight mine (1)

DoctorPepper (92269) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855231)

I managed to quit smoking after 16 years of two-packs a day, but I can't shake my caffeine addiction. I've been drinking coffee for decades, and find if I don't have a cup before noon, I get a wicked headache.

I guess I just decided to continue on with the coffee, as long as it's not hurting me any other way.

I started looking through the google links... (4, Interesting)

tuxette (731067) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855233)

...and found some pretty funny stuff:

"Caffeine is the Christian drug of preference. Drink a glass of red wine or light up a cigarette during Sunday Night Fellowship Hour, and you will be thrown out on your ear. But a two-hundred-gallon pot of black adrenal-rush will bring friendly smiles of delight. The meeting would not be the same with the absence of its nutty aroma filling the church basement. Little white Styrofoam cups floating in small clusters of heavenly conversation." link [64.106.220.190]

Otherwise, I found this interesting: Scientists cast doubt on caffeine addiction. [bbc.co.uk]

ASPRIN (1)

greenskyx (609089) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855234)

Asprin will help you beat it. That's how I did it. Just take a couple a day around when you normally drink soda. If you get a headache take an extra one. Slowly taper off the Aprin and you'll be over soda within a week or so...

Re:ASPRIN (2, Informative)

msaulters (130992) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855313)


Asprin will help you beat it. That's how I did it. Just take a couple a day around when you normally drink soda. If you get a headache take an extra one. Slowly taper off the Aprin and you'll be over soda within a week or so...


Actually, you should be careful. Many pain-relief products include caffeine. If you do this, make sure it's just plain ole aspirin.

I quit just last week, haven't had any caffeine in six days. But I started a month ago by quitting Diet Cokes cold turkey. Switched to iced tea & regular cokes to kill my nutra-sweet intake (2 liters of diet coke a day just CAN'T be good for you). Guess that reduced my caffeine intake enough that I didn't really feel any difficulty quitting. (beware chocolate, too).

The funniest thing was after about 4 days I had a bad dream one night about opening and slurping down a giant can of coke & spoiling my caffeine-fast.

I did it (1)

h4ter (717700) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855237)

I've gone five and a half years now without drinking caffine. And, yeah, it's hard, but it wasn't as hard as quitting coke (the other kind).

I did have some rather severe stomach problems at the time, so stopping was a matter of some very basic health issues.

My best advice is just to hole yourself up and be really, really busy. That's been my plan for all my addiction-kicking.

Grin, bear it, be productive.

try dilution (3, Insightful)

chloroquine (642737) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855238)

Why not try reducing your caffeine intake slowly. In a manner similar to people trying to quit smoking, change the mode of caffeine intake - instead of drinking coffee or soda, switch to those caffeinated mints and then limit yourself to a specific number of them a day. As the weeks pass, reduce that number.

Alternatively, dilute your fully caffeinated coffee with decaf. Start with a 3caf:1caf mix and then bring that down to 1:1 and then 1:3 and so on.

Good luck.

easy (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7855239)

mix hard alcohol in with your coffee/soda. It might not help your addiction, but you won't be such an uptight asshole either.

Do it gradually (1)

ColdGrits (204506) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855240)

It really is that simple.

Gradually cut down your intake rather than cutting it all in 1 go.

Might help if you keep a note of how much you do ingest so you can then monitor as you cut down, but as long as you reduce gradually over weeks or even months (remembering your addiction grew over months and years), you'll be fine.

r3h4b (1)

Deraj DeZine (726641) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855241)

You could try looking for a support group or a rehab clinic. Just don't get addicted to those support groups, we all know what follows that... THE BEST MOVIE EVER MADE!!!

Wean yourself off (1)

Gothmolly (148874) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855242)

What I did:
Switch to 1/2-caffeine coffee in the morning. Have a single, smaller cup of it, instead of a Flagon. Let it work its way through your head, and the morning fog disappears.
Instead of immediately refilling, hold on as long as you can - by the time that you 'need' another cup, it might be lunchtime. Food/water are good to distract you, and the blood sugar perks you up.
If you MUST have coffee in the afternoon, do a small cup of 1/2 caffeine coffee.
Eventually you will stop the afternoon coffee.
Switch to all-decaf in the morning, the addiction is as much morning ritual as it is a need for speed.
Studies have shown that people DO perform better mentally on small doses of caffeine, so there's no real need to go completely on the wagon. Just do small cups, of 1/2-caff.
Good luck! I went cold-turkey once and slept for about 4 days. The weaning method works better - you're still functional, a little crabby, but no headaches.

take it slowly (1)

Papa Romeo (664245) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855244)

What has been working for me is to slowly reduce the amount. Right now I'm taking my morning coffee (I'll never give that up!) and 1 or 2 cokes during the rest of the day. Because I also got headaches, I went from 5 cokes a day to four, stayed on four for several weeks then went to three and so on. Good luck!

OJ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7855246)

When I was going through caffeine withdrawals, orange juice seemed to help a lot. I've heard varying things about the effect that citric acid has on the way one's brain handles caffeine, and orange juice has a very high glycemic index, so that may help as well. In any case, it couldn't hurt.
And before taking aspirin for your headaches, remember that it contains caffeine. Whether that's good or bad is up to you, but just make sure you're aware of it. That said, I think cold turkey is the best way to quit anything. Good luck.

Medical Marijuana (4, Funny)

Aqua OS X (458522) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855250)

You could always try medical marijuana. Odds are that'll get rid of the headaches.

You could always do it the way I did... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7855252)

Just develop an allergy to it.
I went from drinking a 7-11 "Super Big Gulp" of Dr. Pepper for breakfast to wake up every morning to just not getting up.

Physical activity! (5, Insightful)

FartingTowels (553440) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855253)

Start running/jogging an hour a day, every day -- this should be enough to get you going when you feel sleepy or tired.

There's only one way to do it. (1)

gklinger (571901) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855254)

Cold turkey. You'll have to live with the headaches and lethargy but it will pass. You can help that process along by drinking a lot of water (I know it sounds obvious). It helps flush the drug out of your system. You can also sweat it out so if you've got access to a sauna, use it.

Luckily you won't have to change your lifestyle too much. Caffeine-free soda and decaffeinated coffees are readily available.

Slow cutdown (1)

henryhbk (645948) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855256)

When I have needed to cut down (rarely) I find a slow cut-down over a week (taper) with decreasing quantities around the clock (I often consume it manby times per day over a 24 hour shift) rather than fewer times per day.

In other words, if you consume 1 'dew every 4 hours, first comsume 0.5 'dews every 4 down to off over 4-5 days.

heroin (1)

alex_ant (535895) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855257)

a few hits of that and you won't really care about caffeine anymore.

The headaches will be gone soon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7855258)

It only takes about 4 or 5 days to get over the headaches... Withdrawal is never easy

50/50 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7855260)

Drink half decaf for a week, then all decaf for a week.
Seriously, if you can't stop drinking caffeine, you're pretty weak.

Just drink more isn't really the answer I'm after (1)

frovingslosh (582462) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855262)

'Just drink more' isn't really the answer I'm after

Well, doh, just drink none. I had a friend this happen to. He went cold turkey, problem solved itself in a week or so. Now he drinks caffeine free beverages only and is fine.

Gee, I guess that's not the answer you wanted, but get real. If it hurts you, stop doing it!

According to the DSM IV... (1)

IgD (232964) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855263)

Here are a few key facts that frequently come up on the Psychiatry board exam:

According to the DSM IV, there is no caffeine dependence or abuse. There is however caffeine intoxication. On a different note, there is such a thing as nicotine dependence. There is no nicotine abuse or intoxication however.

my control method (1)

theMerovingian (722983) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855264)

Switch from drinking 5 cups of coffee everyday to drinking 4, and have one cup of apple cider or hot chocolate. Go down in one day increments, but still have a hot beverage as a replacement. Once you get to about a week or so off caffeine, there should be no headache problems. If you start to get a real bad urge, drink tea instead (not as addictive to me as coffee, I don't know about others).

WARNING: When you start drinking coffee again, use moderation. It is very easy to fall off the wagon.

Sincerely,
Starbucks Anonymous

Cold Turkey (4, Informative)

nonmaskable (452595) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855266)

Just do it. I had headaches for a week, but I've been free 18 months now.

Some hints for this approach - drink a lot of ice cold water. Use pain relief without caffine (some pills have caffine in them) when you need to feel normal. Eat healthy and exercise.

I'll suck, but it'll end.

Re:Cold Turkey (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7855317)

I'll suck, but it'll end.
And that's what she said...

Whats worked for me (1)

metlin (258108) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855267)

There was a time towards the completion of my undergrad when I needed a cup of coffee ever so often.

I found that the best way to deal with it is reduce your intake slowly over time. It took me almost two months to get over it.

Also, make sure you sleep a lot - that effectively reduces the time you're awake and consume coffee. And everytime you feel tempted to have something, drink a lot of water.

I first cut it down to timed intakes - one cup in the morning, two in the afternoon, two in the evenings. Then to one in the morning, one at noon and one in the evening. And then to two a day and then to one a day.

And now I've a nice and proper routine - one cup of black coffee in the morning and one cup in the late afternoon.

Just move towards that regimen, and you'll get over it! Goodluck!!! :)

Cold turkey + Aspirin (1)

oneiron (716313) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855268)

I used to drink nearly a 12-pack of Dr. Pepper per day. One day, I decided the addiction wasn't benefiting me, so I just quit. Keep headache medicine on standby, and get ready to feel more rested when you wake up in the morning.

I did it (1)

the man with the pla (710711) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855271)

I've gone five and a half years now without drinking caffine. And, yeah, it's hard, but it wasn't as hard as quitting coke (the other kind).

I did have some rather severe stomach problems at the time, so stopping was a matter of some very basic health issues.

My best advice is just to hole yourself up and be really, really busy. That's been my plan for all my addiction-kicking.

Grin, bear it, be productive.

Some methods that worked for me... (5, Insightful)

sczimme (603413) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855272)


Drink lots of water.

Take Bayer aspirin (contains a little caffeine) or Aleve to help with the headaches. (Motrin didn't help - YMMV.)

Do not set your alarm - sleep as long as possible on the day you decide to quit. If I slept through the normal caffeine-consumption period (usually morning) I felt better. I don't know why.

Oddly enough, going cold turkey (vice gradually decreasing caffeine intake) worked better for me.

Good luck!

cold freakin' turkey (1)

boojit (256278) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855273)

Unless you're talking about a particularly nasty heroin addiction, the only way to quit anything is cold turkey.

I quit caffine for six months (back at it again, unfortunately). I was also worried about the withdrawl headaches affecting work, so I quit on a friday afternoon and took the following Monday, Tuesday off. That worked well--i was pretty much done with the headaches by then and was already noticing the benefits of quitting (most notably, more energy throughout the day).

Look out for the pitfall that got me back on caffine again. After being off caffine for about 6 months, I came to work one day with only about two hours of sleep the night before...so I said, "well, just a can of Coke this one time to get me through today." Boom, that's all it took. Now I'm back to my regular pot of coffee or so every day. God, I love coffee. Damn you, caffine!

DaC

Cold Turkey... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7855274)

My brother and I just quit cold turkey one day... we stopped buying cokes and stopped ordering them when we ate out... ya, there were headaches for a couple days.. but after that first hard week, you do get better... drink juice and sprite and whatnot... many rootbeers have no caffine. It was about 3 months before I had another coke.. I was thirsty, it was the only thing available to drink, so I had one... and I was fine... no urge for more... I've had maybe two or three other caffinated drinks since then, and I feel no urge for more.

Just quit (1)

synergy3000 (637810) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855277)

In college they used to let us fill up as many sodas as we wanted with our meals in the dorms. I thought that was cool and always filled up 2-3 classes with pepsi or coke. It got to the point that I got way too jumpy. People would walk into the bathroom and I would get startled. I said forget that and quit cold turkey. Yeah it sucked back then. But it has been 10+ years for me with very minimal caffeine which I get from chocolate (which I eat a little here and there only) and from tea. I don't drink coffee or any caffeinated drinks at all. I buy caffeine free pepsi for drinking at home, though mostly I drink juice or water. If at a restaraunt and I want a soda I alwasy go for the sprite, 7-Up or Sierra Mist. No caffeine for me. And you know what, I love it. I get my needed sleep and have no need for coffee or caffeine beverages to keep me awake at work. I sip water at work and have no problems with staying awake. You should try it!

Baby (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7855278)

WTF?
Sounds like a serious problem there pal.
You sound like weening a child off the nipple.
What will you complain about next I wonder?
Be a man and just f*****g quit.

Enjoy it (1)

weorthe (666189) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855279)

You will be ill for one or two weeks. Revel in it. Use it as an excuse to tell off everyone you know. Later you can blame it on quitting caffeine. Be as selfish, crabby, and bitchy as you've always wanted to be. That's what I did when I quit smoking seven years ago, and any day now I'll start behaving again.

Stop drinking coffee!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7855280)

How about just stop drinking the stuff. (And for Gods sake stop all that whining and moaning, if it
's that difficult do it during a holiday.)

funny you should ask.... (1)

Lawrence_Bird (67278) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855281)

but a good part of our Xmas Eve dinner was spent talking
to a 30yr old woman (teacher) who detailed her life of
caffeine addiction. There were many amusing stories from
childhood of drinking the extra soda in the closet, trying
to hide her coffee and soda use from her young students
(whom she told 'its not good to drink soda in the morning').

But the bottom line is... she quit cold turkey. In her
case, the headaches and very bad migraines were the medical
symptoms of the caffeine addiction. After a very bad event,
she stopped. This was about 6 months ago. From what she
said, it wasn't nearly as difficult as she thought it would
be, nothing like what people who smoke go through. Evenso,
she now has a new addiction to seltzer!

yes, this is all true

Get sick. (1)

JUSTONEMORELATTE (584508) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855283)

I'm a 4-5 cup of coffee/day kind of person (since about '82) but every time I get a bad head cold, I just seem to prefer tea. (green or herbal, not strongly caffinated black tea)
If it's a one day cold, then I'm back on coffee right away. If it's a week-long sinus infection, then I can go for a month or two without any withdrawl headaches.
Of course, I'm not really trying to quit, so I start back up again eventually.

Oh, and I have two school-aged kids. If you need to get a good viral cold, just stop by for an afternoon.

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What about caffeine insensitivity? (5, Interesting)

Our Man In Redmond (63094) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855286)

I'm curious about the other side of the coin. I do about a six-pack of Diet Coke a day, but I don't seem to show any signs of addiction if I don't get my caffeine. No headaches, no jitters, nothing. In addition, it doesn't seem to affect my ability to sleep. The only difference I can tell between the caffeinated and non-caffeinated versions is taste.

Granted that's my major source of caffeine (I don't do coffee or tea) so in any case I don't get a lot. I wondered whether other people have seen similar effects, and how widespread this might be.

Easy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7855287)

Just stop drinking caffeine. If you can't, it's because you're weak.

It's not too hard (1)

Daniel Quinlan (153105) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855290)

I've done it a few times, it's easy. I decided in the end that I like coffee too much to give it up for good, though.

Basically, just stop drinking caffeinated beverages (cold turkey). If you're tired, just take a nap. If you get a headache, take an ibuprofen or something (not Excedrin since it contains caffeine), following the directions on the bottle, of course.

Also drink fluids and make sure you're eating. It never hurts to be well-hydrated.

Stop the addiction (1)

dfury (323794) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855292)

The easiest way is probably to wean yourself off of caffeine slowly. Start at your normal intake, then decrease that amount daily, replacing it with water. You'll most likely feel a lot better in a couple of weeks after all of the caffeine is out of your system.

easy: water (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7855293)

Just drink the recommended 8 or so glasses a day, replace at least some of your usual beverage intake with something of lower content (like, go from coffee to tea), and take aspirin (not modern faux-aspirin painkillers, I'm talking salicylic acid). You'll have headaches for a couple days and take a leak every 12 minutes, but before long, you'll be fine.

My Control Method (1, Redundant)

the man with the pla (710711) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855296)

Switch from drinking 5 cups of coffee everyday to drinking 4, and have one cup of apple cider or hot chocolate. Go down in one day increments, but still have a hot beverage as a replacement. Once you get to about a week or so off caffeine, there should be no headache problems. If you start to get a real bad urge, drink tea instead (not as addictive to me as coffee, I don't know about others).

WARNING: When you start drinking coffee again, use moderation. It is very easy to fall off the wagon.

Sincerely,
Starbucks Anonymous

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Posted in the name of sacred jihad [anti-slash.org]

tough it out (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7855298)

Just do it, man. Seriously, just suck it up and tought it out. I used to drink 5+ cups of coffee per day, but recently started a workout plan that involves Creatine (which doesn't work well with caffeine). It killed me to quit, but after the first week it's not much of an issue.

Load up on water during the first few days - I mean keep yourself floating (drink upwards of 32oz every three to four hours). That seemed to help me a lot.

Medicine (2, Informative)

Herkum01 (592704) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855299)

Ibuprofen, lots of it! :)

Periodically I get hooked on caffiene, it is poor discipline on my part that I feel a need to develop a comfort habit. It takes me about two weeks to get through withdrawl and I am back to normal and I feel much better than when I ever started doing whatever.

My advice is take something that will reduce the symptoms that is not dangerous and only when you really need them. Eventually your body adapts to its new situation just don't create a new addictive situation! :) The question is can you hold out long enough for your body to make the adjustment. Just ask a smoker if he has tried to quit and how many times, it is not necessarially an easy thing to do.

Good Luck

Teeccino (1)

LordNimon (85072) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855303)

Try this stuff: Teeccino [teeccino.com] . I used to drink a cup or two of coffee every morning until I discovered Teeccino. It's expensive, and I need to make it really strong, but at least I'm caffeine-free now.

Just stop doing it. (1)

leereyno (32197) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855304)

The best way to stop doing something is to stop doing it. If you want to cut back on your caffiene intake then do so. Just because other people drink a lot of caffiene where you work doesn't mean that you have to. If someone is pushing you to drink coffee to meet some deadline or whatever then that is a sign of other problems within the organization.

I don't know how much coffee etc you drink, but I'd start out by cutting down. Try half-caf coffee instead of the full strength stuff. Drink less. Keep track of how much you are drinking and work to lower that ammount week by week. Eventually you should switch to decaf coffee and either drink sprite or drop soda altogether.

I do hope no one mods me up to "insightful." Nothing I've said here is anything other than obvious.

kicking the habit (1)

lou_soyur (245663) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855306)

I feel your pain. I tried to work my way off several times during college, and failed miserably. (Anyone else ever get that carmalized feeling in their throat/stomache? Where another swig would make you sick of soda/coffee?)

What I found worked for me, and helped me cut down to a resonable level was a mix of poverty and logic. (I don't recommend the poverty, but the logic sticks) I couldn't afford to constantly be buying soda and coffee, so I started drinking water whenever I had the need.

I still fed the need for the caffene, but I found that by also uping my water intake I wasn't suffering headaches nearly as bad. Yes I got them, but they were more of an irritant then a distraction. Basically, work your way down slowly, and replace water where you would normally drink some caffene.

(Just be aware you will hit the bathroom _much_ more with the water, being that soda/coffee is a diaretic, and water isn't)

Hope that helps.

Really good advice - wait until you get sick (1)

tyfoon (679548) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855307)

I wanted to quit so I waited until I got sick. You normally get headaches from a fever so any headaches from caffeine won't be noticed.

I got sick about a month ago and had no apatite and headaches. Three days later I got better and was off of caffeine!

Pretty simple. (1)

iamdrscience (541136) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855308)

Well, simple in theory, but a little harder in practice. You have to wean yourself off it, going cold turkey will just cause more pain, be harder and most likely won't actually get you off the stuff! If you usually drink 6 cups of coffee every day, drink 5 and a half and reduce as you feel comfortable. You have to have some discipline, but it's definitely the easier, more managable way to do it.

do what i do... (1)

jamesh (87723) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855309)

... and don't start drinking the stuff to begin with. Give me water, or alternatively, a sweet, non-carbonated beverage.

Coffee is almost the opposite of drinking water. Dehydration has been suggested as one of the many possible causes of quite a few diseases, including alzheimers. True or not, if you drink nothing but coffee all day long you are going to feel like crap by the end of the day, purely through dehydration.

Just out of curiosity, if you are a coffee drinker, did you start drinking it because you liked it or because everyone else around you was drinking it?

Diabetes (1)

deepvoid (175028) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855315)

You might want to get checked out for diabetes.

Quit Gradualy (1)

SuperMog2002 (702837) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855319)

I used to be just where you were with Dr Pepper. If I didn't have it, I got horrible headaches that would instantly disapear as soon as I had a can. I just gradually cut back, slowly replacing the Dr Pepper with Sprite and caffiene free Dr Pepper. After several months, I was down to one caffinated Dr Pepper a day, at which point I decided to quit entirely. The first couple days weren't easy, but because I had gradually cut back, it wasn't too bad. I haven't had a caffinated beverage in three months, and any effects the caffiene had on me are finally gone.

Have a quadruple bypass (2, Funny)

leftover (210560) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855321)

It certainly did the trick for me!

JUST STOP DRINKING IT. (2, Informative)

illumen (718958) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855322)

JUST STOP DRINKING IT.

Start drinking lots of water. If your water tastes bad, put a dash of lemon or lime cordial in it. Or get a water filter.

Coffee dehydrates you. If you can not stop drinking, always get a glass of water with every cup of coffee.

The soda drinks also have massive amounts of sugar which is by far the worst part.

So at the least stop drinking the soda drinks, and drink coffee without sugar.

Write down everything that you put into your mouth for a week. Then see someone about your nutrition.

You need to not have any for a month. Stick it through, and give up all caffiene.

Perhaps try drinking tea instead to start with. Or hot water with a little bit of ginger. That way you can still drink something warm.

The soda companies are fucking evil imho. They get kids addicted before they know what is good for them. Thier teeth rot, they get fat, they loose bladder control, and they buzz big time ;)

Coffee/caffiene is one of the socially acceptable drugs that lots of people use at work to get through the day. It does *not* increase your performance, unless you always work whilst using it. You get used to working in the coffee hazed state, so you will actually work better that way. Only way to fix that is to stop drinking it entirely for quite a while. The first week will be hell, and you may get little done.

Have fun!

Lent... (1)

Geraden (15689) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855323)

I'm Catholic, and I give up drinking sugary and caffeinated beverages on an almost-yearly basis. I start reducing my caffeine intake by half on New Year's day. So, if I normally drink two or three colas, coffees, etc., I cut down to one a day.

I try to be as strict as I can be during this time, knowing what's to come.

When Lent hits, I give up caffeine completely. I am somewhat irritable for the first couple of days. I do get headaches, but usually nothing that a couple of Aleves can't handle. I find that drinking LOTS of water helps a great deal...on the order of a two-liter bottle before 2 pm and another two-liter bottle between then and bedtime.

My caffeine delivery device of choice is Coca-Cola, so I find that drinking something carbonated really helps. Instead of sugared soda, I drink flavored seltzers. They have the tongue of soda because of the bubbles, and they come in convenient liter or two-liter bottles. They DO take some getting used to, however.

It's TOUGH keeping away from caffeine. It's in EVERYTHING. I try to stay away from coffee & teas (even those that are decaffeinated).

(And a nice added effect, I usually drop between 5 and 10 pounds during Lent because of the reduction in calories...)

Drink a lot of water (2, Interesting)

Go Aptran (634129) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855326)

I quit drinking coffee three weeks ago. Drinking lots of water helps cut down on the headaches... and upping your protein intake seemed to help me as well. If going to the coffee house or stand is part of your daily routine, get a steamer (steamed milk) instead of coffee. It's 1/2 to 1/3 of the price of a mocha or a breve.

One unexpected side effect of quitting is that my contact lenses work better. Coffee had the effect of dehydrating me to the point where my contacts would dry by two in the afternoon.

Good luck. The first few days are the worst.

addiction in general (1)

sstory (538486) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855327)

Addictions are not good things. I have been addicted to smoking and coffee. The way I dealt with it was to gradually, over a period of months, decrease the rate of consumption. This was not very painful and it worked.

Cold Turkey (1)

TrevorB (57780) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855328)

I decided I had enough when I was downing 2 liter Pepsi bottles over an hour at work. Before that it was 8 cokes while working on programming projects at university. I was came home every night with the shakes and couldn't sleep.

Cold Turkey worked for me. I stopped drinking caffeine one day in 1995 and I haven't looked back. About the same way I decided to quit alcohol in 1988 (I was 14, but that was mostly rebelling against my parents). Thankfully I've never picked up a cigarette.

Yes, I know. I'd probably be Amish if it weren't for the lack of religion and all the kinky sex.

Stop having it with sugar (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7855329)

My friend was having several spoons of sugar with his coffee, but wanted to use less to make it 'healthier'. As he gradually cut down on the sugar he realised that coffee tasted really bad and stopped having coffee altogether.

The headaches will go after a few days... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7855331)

.. and you will feel 10 years younger afterwards.

nooo (1)

silicongodcom (241132) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855332)

blasphemer!!!

3Dmind (1)

superangrybrit (600375) | more than 10 years ago | (#7855333)

http://www.essential-skills.com/3dmind.htm

These guys deal with beliefs (what caffeine addiction is made up of).

Don't worry, the caffeine addiction is mostly a thought problem. The withdrawal effects will go away in a couple of days.
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