Are You Drinking too Much Caffeine?
Technically, caffeine is a drug. Although the source of caffeine can make a difference in the effects it has on your body, high levels of caffeine can be linked to toxicity. Reduction in daily caffeine intake can lead to reduction in anxiety and stress responses as well as a reduction in toxicity. Take this quiz to determine your level of caffeine toxicity.
Each of the following is worth on point.
Do you consume on a daily or weekly basis:
1. caffeinated coffee
2. iced tea
3. black or green tea
4. herbal teas containing black tea
5. colas containing caffeine
6. Mountain Dew
7. chocolates or chocolate coated candy bars
8. chocolate milk
9. cookies containing chocolate chips
10. chocolate malts, shakes, and/or sodas
11. chocolate covered ice cream bars
12. coffee flavored candy and/or ice cream
13. cookies flavored with cocoa or vanilla
14. chocolate or vanilla flavored cake
15. ice cream flavored with cocoa or vanilla
16. candy bars containing vanilla bean extract
16. chocolate or vanilla pudding
18. chocolate mousse
19. brownies or fudge
20. almond bark
22. hot chocolate
23. Dr. Pepper
24. Are you currently taking asthma medication?
25. Do you consume drugs which contain caffeine?
26. Do you have a history of endometriosis and/or fibrocystic breast disease?
27. Do you have a history of kidney/liver disease?
28. Do your hands tremble after consuming caffeinated substances?
29. Do you become nervous, moody, and/or agitated after consuming caffeinated beverages?
30. Do you develop a headache, or do you become irritable if you fail to get your caffeine fix?
31. Do you binge on and/or crave chocolate? (for heavy chocolate eaters add an additional 4 points)
32. Do you drink 6 or more cups of coffee per day?
1-6 points: Mild Caffeine Toxicity.
7-15 points: Moderate Caffeine Toxicity.
16-23 points: Severe Caffeine Toxicity.
24 and above: Extreme Caffeine Toxicity.
(Gunja & Brown, 2012).
(Kendler, et. al 1999).
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