The Legal Drug : What coffee does to you and why you shouldn't drink it

Hello and welcome to today's post. After a one-month break, Victor and I are starting to write again. I beat him to the computer by deciding to write an article one day before the official end of this year's break. I am currently on a TGV back to Paris, because tomorrow, middleschoolers and highschoolers are going back to school "en présentiel". Yes, really.

But enough chit-chat. Today I am going to tell you about coffee. Yes, coffee. No, I'm not crazy.

What would you do if I told you that over one billion people in the world drug themselves every day and that it's absolutely legal ? (Source : DealsOnHealth) Are you one of those people ? Will you become one ? Probably. I don't mean to be pessimistic or anything. But with the coffee shops, supermarkets, and posh boyfriend's mother's friend's grandmothers of the world, there's nearly a one hundred percent chance that you will come across The Deadly Beverage at least once in your life. Then you'll be hooked.

Inside the brain, caffeine blocks adenosine receptors. Adenosine is a sleep-promoting chemical that is produced in the brain during our waking hours. Normally, adenosine builds up in the brain the longer we’re awake. The more it builds up, the sleepier we become. When caffeine blocks this process, we remain alert and vigilant.

In 1998 a company called Cephalon began marketing a drug called Provigil, the trade name for a French-developed drug called modafinil. It is a stimulant that keeps you awake for extended amounts of time without all the frantic behavior and with far less potential for addiction and abuse that follow sleep deprivation.

Most people these days would agree that Provigil is weird and a bit psycho. Can we compare this drug to coffee ? Yes.

I'll let you imagine the rest.

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