Coffee Addicts Quit Cold Turkey

Coffee Addicts Quit Cold Turkey

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– (Bleep) you coffee. – It’s not you, it’s me. – Coffee, we’ve had some great times. But I just think we
need to see other people for a little while. (squeaking) (upbeat music) – So I drink a lot of coffee. – Every day, I drink about
two to three cups of coffee depending on my mood and my grogginess. – I think I just like having
a cup of coffee in my hand. I like having something to do. I don’t like sitting at
my desk for too long, because it makes me go crazy. – For me to feel awake
throughout a work day, it used to be three or
four cups of coffee, and then it was five
or six cups of coffee, now it’s six to eight cups of coffee. And with that increase of caffeine, I think I’m starting to develop anxiety. – I’m interested in cutting out coffee because I have anxiety and coffee definitely doesn’t help that. – Taking a step back,
I’m thinking, you know, if you’re really anxious,
maybe the cups of stimulants your pouring into your
mouth throughout the day is a thing to check in on. – Can caffeine cause anxiety? – Yes. So, caffeine can exacerbate
anxiety that already exists, but caffeine can also
independently cause anxiety. – That’s kind of why I’m doing this. I’m trying to just quit cold turkey, and I’m not going to
have a drink of caffeine or anything else that has caffeine in it, for seven days, to see if I
can get this out of my system. – So, it’s gonna be a
brutal first couple days. – Tomorrow is gonna be a nightmare. – What symptoms can we expect
by cutting out caffeine? – 50% of the time people
will experience a headache when they quit using caffeine cold turkey. Fatigue or sleepiness, you
know, just being more tired than usual, being very sleepy, yawning. Difficulty concentrating. Being depressed, irritable. And also, in certain
cases people experience a flu like syndrome. (bright music) – So as a replacement of coffee today, I figure I’m just gonna do water. Stay hydrated, I assume being
hydrated gives you energy. – I just woke up, it’s day one, and I have so much to do today. I think today is gonna be a struggle. – So, day one without
coffee, and I’m already craving it real hard. So, I think I’m going to
get a giant bottle of water to hydrate, and hopefully that
will get rid of my craving. Day one was surprisingly not too intense. It felt like the calm
before the storm almost, because I’ve had caffeine
headaches and withdrawal before, but my first day not drinking coffee, I didn’t have any headaches or anything, but I felt like something
was a little off. I don’t know if it’s
psychosomatic or what, but it’s 3:30 and I feel like, I feel like I can just fall
asleep standing up right now. – My train was super delayed
and I’m already kinda grumpy, so I’m gonna try to find
something to hold me over, uncaffeinated, I don’t know
how this is going to turn out. Day one I didn’t do
anything to replace coffee, and I think that was my biggest problem. I just had a seltzer and
that do anything for me. The whole day was a haze, I felt like a zombie going through. – I would describe the first day, really as just tired. It’s not quite coffee. I was just sleepy. I didn’t feel any sort of
withdrawal from the coffee, I didn’t feel sick, I don’t
think I was irritable. This stuff does jack shit. That entire day at work, I really got very little accomplished because I couldn’t stay
focused and I didn’t feel like I was bringing anything
or any energy to my work. – So, the first day is over,
I’m walking out of work now. I did end up getting a
little bit of a headache, and I was like falling asleep standing up. – It’s not even 8:30 and it
feels like it’s midnight. The headache is, it’s
spread to my whole forehead, it feels like somebody’s just pushing in on the sides of my head constantly. – Caffeine is a drug
that directly antagonizes a certain receptor in the
brain called adenosine. And adenosine is a substance in the brain that sort of makes us sleepy. You’re body is accustomed,
let’s say, with seven or eight cups of coffee a day, to
having so much antagonism of adenosine. Then what happens is when
you abruptly remove it, now you have all this extra adenosine, because the body always compensates. So when you remove the caffeine, now you have more adenosine binding than you would be accustomed to, which makes you sleepy and tired, and it can also cause that throbbing, sensitive to movement headache. – [Man In Blue Shirt] There’s a video that my girlfriend shot of me. I just passed out on the couch while we were watching television. And, in the video you see like, I am in the most uncomfortable position. And the next morning, I still
woke up and I was tired. – Usually caffeine withdrawal
peaks between about 20 hours after your last
dose and about 60 hours after your last dose. So, sometime in the
first two to three days is when people will
experience the worst symptoms. (contemplative music) – The second day is when
I noticed the withdrawal. – Day two, walking to
work, and it is raining, and I have headaches now. Day two I started to actually
feel the physical symptoms, and that was probably the hardest day. – I had every intention
to go to the gym today, because I felt like that
would help me wake up. I still feel so tired. – I got my ass out of
bed at six A.M. somehow, and I’m headed in for a short workout. My energy got completely kick
started when I went to the gym and I felt really, really
good, better than if I had a cup of coffee in the morning. I’m hoping today goes a
lot better than yesterday. I’m feeling a little bit more
confident about the challenge, I think it’s gonna get better. So think that was definitely
the key and I tried to stick with that throughout
the whole seven days, and I’ve noticed the days
that I do go to the gym I feel a lot better in the morning. – I also noticed how many
people on the subways or on the streets are holding coffee and how many coffee shops
there are in New York City. You can’t walk a block with
passing three or four of them. (contemplative music) – The weekend became difficult. I went upstate to Tarrytown
with my girlfriend. We just wanted a nice
day outside the city, and so every corner
there are coffee shops. And the smell of coffee, just
like, wafting through the air. I knew that that was going
to become the worst day. I think this is a sign. And I felt bad for my girlfriend who was really enjoying that day, that I really wasn’t present
because I was just so tired. So on day three, I cracked. On day three, I realized,
this is not something I’m able to do cold turkey. This is just one, this is just one. It’s the weekend, I’m
very tired, just one. As soon as I tasted the
coffee on my tongue, my body started like,
getting ready for it. Like I already, the colors started getting a little bit more vibrant. The world started
getting a little clearer. I would drink coffee for
the rest of the experiment, but I would do it just one
cup of coffee in the morning. And at no point throughout
the rest of the day would I allow myself
to have more caffeine. I could have one drink,
and that was gonna be it. Go from eight to one. (contemplative music) – Weekend was tough. I was at brunch, and everyone
I was with started taunting me with their coffees. Just like looking at me in
the eyes and drinking it, or just like shoving it my face. So I need to get new friends for sure. – Hello, hello, it’s the end of day four, and I made it through wonderfully. I actually didn’t have any
headaches at all today. I think working out has been the key to keeping my energy
elevated without caffeine. (contemplative music) – So I cheated a little bit and I went to a vitamin store around
the block from work, and the only thing they
suggested was ginseng. And apparently that
will help give me energy without giving me caffeine. I feel like I’m in the future right now. I feel like everyone else
is in 2017, I’m in 3017, taking energy pills with ginseng. As I was taking it I saw it
says nut free on the side. (laughing) And that actually did make
me feel pretty level headed and energized, I got a lot of work done. So I don’t know, it could
have just been a placebo, but who knows. (contemplative music) It definitely feels miles
away from where I was last week, for sure. – I did notice a really big difference. I noticed the anxiety was gone. – I don’t think cutting out caffeine benefited my mental health a ton. – I’ve also been very productive at work. – Working out helped it, that definitely like soothed the anxiety. – I do remember the day that
we did the first interview I was way more, I was just thinking about how anxious I was. Right now, there’s no part of
my brain that I’m thinking, man, my anxiety is out of control today. – One thing that many
people don’t realize, is that when you become
tolerant to a drug, you don’t become tolerant
to all the effects in the same way at the same time. So what often happens,
is people become tolerant to the stimulating effects
of the drug, let’s say, or the euphoric effects of the drug, but they don’t become
tolerant to some of the side effects of a drug. – And so, going forward, I’m gonna drink one cup of coffee every day. – Yay! Really? It’s up to me if I want to drink it. Whoa, this is a test. – I’m not gonna drink this coffee. I’m not ready to like, I’m
not ready to give in yet. And I’m considering trying
to cut out coffee for longer. – I think I’m not ready
to get back into coffee. I think I’m gonna get back into it, but I think I might wait
til uh, til maybe tomorrow. – So I will not be drinking
this cup of coffee, because I already drank my coffee today. And this would be completely unnecessary. – [Producer] Based on your
experience of this like, can you drink this coffee. – One second. Yeah. What? (squeaking)

100 thoughts on “Coffee Addicts Quit Cold Turkey”

  1. they're not addicts if they're having two cups of coffee…. in terms of cups i think i have between 6-8 cups a day. 2 is completely normal…..

  2. Why would they quit cold turkey if they're addicted to coffee?? Surely they should quit coffee??

  3. just a plain glass of water in "replacement" for coffee?? omg I´m almost crying as I´m getting depressed just watching this…

  4. I would never trust someone who doesn't like coffee. Must be something wrong with them. Coffee is life.

  5. I quit coffee but except for the headache, I didn't have any drastic effect like these ppl have. I think it's placebo effect. The guy after hearing the doctor say stuff, now thinks that he has it all.

  6. I spent a few weeks in Spain and Portugal and the hotels provided a nice breakfast buffet which included unlimited access to these amazing coffee machines. The cups were small so I'd have like 6 coffees every morning. Came home addicted. I was strictly a tea drinker before the trip.

  7. I dont like the flavor of coffee enough to drink it nonstop like that. I honestly just drink it for the warmth and sight boost it gives me in the morning. Just makes me feel good. I go several days without it if i wake up already feeling ok

  8. I drank less than a cup of coffee in my life total. I am 18 almost turning 19. I don't like the taste of coffee.

  9. I stopped drinking coffee for over 2 weeks now and for the past 4-5 days I have the symptoms exactly as described. I am also sweating a lot which is not mentioned but it could actually fit under flu symptoms..

  10. Buzzfeed: let's make a video about people quitting coffee cold Turkey

    Me: watching the video at 9 PM, and making a cup of coffee.

  11. I once quit cold turkey and trust me, the withdrawal they’re talking about is REAL. My hands was shaking nonstop and I just wanna pass out. Man, that was dark days.
    Now, I only have 2-3 cups a day and I feel so proud of myself.

  12. I work as a barista and I went cold turkey. I had migraines for a few days and took naps to sleep away the pain. But I like that I'm not taking in a bunch of sugary coffee drinks and am more clear headed now. I drink caffeine every once in a while now, but it's not an addiction. But those headaches are real.

  13. As an active caffeine addict, I can assure you there are MUCH better, non-caffeinated substitutes out there than water and canada dry. Try some fruit juice, or simply fruits, and get your B vitamins.

  14. Coffee makes me more productive, aware and focused. It works as a stress free tool. For example if I have to worry about a deadline, coffee is my best buddy and therefore lowers the anxiety levels.

  15. At least I don’t have this problem cus I have never tried coffee but this is making me not want to try it

  16. I tried quitting cold turkey so many times. It was so hard with all the hectic symptoms that came with it. In the end I found weaning of combined some other tactics that worked a treat means 18mths no coffee. The process of quitting was sooo much easier. Now I sleep better, happier and I'm not dependant on coffee to pick me up

  17. I have such a high tolerance, that when I don't drink coffee, I can easily sleep for 16+ hours, I honestly wish I never started drinking coffee

  18. Cool, they quit coffee but when are they gonna treat the lifelong trauma that’s the root of their anxiety? Lol.

  19. Only when I've had five cups, have I thought I may be addicted. But I got it down to three max, so I'm not worried.

  20. As I sit here sipping on a nitro cold brew with 2 shots of espresso saying to myself, that guy has a real problem I’m actually not bad.

  21. quitting is easy but the process is hard, first you need to know you development a dependince and you rely on it for energy and that you've been lying to yourself that you can only depend on coffee for energy (which is why almost all caffeine addicts go back to coffee/caffeine because nothing is working to give them energy like coffee…WHILE IN THE WITHDRAWAL STAGE!!!) you need go through the WHOLE process (2 weeks to a month) till you can try other healthier options (like fruits and water) which WILL work for energy (yes it won't be the same as coffee/caffeine but hey at least you have a clearer mind/organs/body and mental health) the process is not fun but worth it?

  22. I used to drink coffee a lot. Developed a mild stomach ulcer in the process. But what made me gave it up for daily consumption is because of the grogginess it causes whenever I'm fasting [I'm muslim]. I really hate it because it basically made me a zombie around 8-9 am.
    So I switched to green tea for the caffeine fix, one before breakfast, one after lunch.
    I do still coffee from time to time. I have it probably only 3-4 times a month.

  23. Coffee doesn't create anxiety. I should know, I drink coffee every day and have doing it since the 80's; it makes me wake up. Anxiety stems mainly from fear and feelings of powerlessness, not from caffeine.

  24. I literally have a cup that’s almost the same size as a soup cup and that’s my modest coffee cup. ??‍♀️ I mean I’m Puerto Rican. Coffee is in my blood.

  25. The way the guy talked about the effects of taking a sip of coffee sounded like drug addict…vivid colors and whatnot…

  26. I used to drink almost a full pot of coffee a day, and even then I was tired. Apparently, the key to feeling more awake is getting enough sleep. Who knew?

  27. 8:20 look at those pupils! It's not hard to quit coffee if you're doing coke…
    Not fair to other participants also!

  28. 7:00 Sees a Coffey Funeral Home sign, "I think this is a sign (to quit being a coffee addict)". If used properly, coffee can be a useful tool imo.

  29. Coffee cannot cause anxiety !! Anxiety is a mental illness you don’t get a mental illness by drinking coffee yes it can make you anxious IF YOU ALREADY HAVE ANXIETY.

  30. I was drinking coffee so much that i didn't feel the effects anymore. I use to snort the coffee by itself but it was not enough. Now i inject it.

  31. Being an Australian watching this I was so confused about brewed coffee and people drinking so much black coffee. Its espresso made from industrial coffee machines over here. Almost always as a latte but there are the odd few who drink long blacks

  32. Se said 50 percent of the time you'll experience headaches………………………..ummmm more like 100 percent!

  33. Mild headache on getting up in the morning of Day 2 of No-Caffeine. Took two Panadol pills after having breakfast of cucumber, rice , eggs and fried chicken.
    Another 5 Days to go.

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