What Is the World’s Most Commonly Used Drug? Your Morning Brew

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Outside published a report online on Wednesday that highlighted interesting details about a new study conducted by researchers at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine. The report, Caffeine Use Disorder: A Comprehensive Review and Research Agenda, written by Laura Juliano, Steven Meredith, and Roland Griffths, found that more people are dependent on caffeine to the point where they suffer withdrawal symptoms and are unable to reduce caffeine consumption even if they suffer from a condition that demands it.

The researchers deemed caffeine the most commonly used drug in the world — found in coffee, tea, soda, chocolate, over-the-counter pain relievers, and more — and they make the claim that health professionals are too slow to recognize problematic caffeine use and acknowledge that some cases require treatment.

Consumer addiction to caffeine has become a common joke among coffee drinkers, but the researchers from Johns Hopkins argue that “caffeine use disorder is not something that should be taken lightly. According to EurekaAlert, their study outlines the results of previously published research that supports the case of caffeine dependance, data that show how widespread dependence is, and the physical and psychological symptoms experienced by habitual caffeine users.

They think dependence is dangerous when people are unable to reduce caffeine consumption even when they have another condition that may be impacted from the drug, such as a pregnancy, a heart condition, or a bleeding disorder.

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