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Experts point out the signs of coffee intoxication


A nutrition expert and physician working in the United States have identified a series of signs of coffee intoxication. Although it doesn’t occur frequently, it can be dangerous to life if it becomes severe and is not handled properly. Don’t be complacent just because coffee is a safe and beloved beverage!


What is coffee intoxication?


Coffee is a familiar beverage to the people of Vietnam, often appearing in the early morning to help individuals stay alert for work or during joyful gatherings to facilitate conversations. Coffee is generally safe and even beneficial to health if consumed responsibly. However, when the amount of caffeine intake exceeds the body’s tolerance level, it can lead to unwanted consequences, including coffee intoxication.

Coffee intoxication, more accurately termed caffeine intoxication, occurs when an individual consumes a large amount of caffeine. Each person has a different threshold for caffeine tolerance, influenced by factors such as age, gender, health status, medical history, etc. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that adults should not consume more than 400mg of caffeine per day, which is approximately equivalent to 4-5 cups of coffee.

When does coffee intoxication occur?

According to nutrition expert Erin Palinski-Wade, coffee intoxication can occur when an individual consumes 1,200mg of caffeine, roughly equivalent to about 12 cups of coffee.


The consequences of coffee intoxication


Experts point out the signs of coffee intoxication

Coffee intoxication can lead to difficulty breathing.

Consuming too much caffeine can have negative effects on health. Dr. Nima Majlesi, working at the Staten Island University Hospital in the United States, states that caffeine stimulates the central nervous system. Using excessive amounts of caffeine can cause disruptions or irregularities in heart rhythm and may lead to cardiac arrest. Additionally, coffee acts as a diuretic, but excessive caffeine consumption can result in frequent urination. This condition may cause the body to excrete essential minerals such as potassium. Low potassium levels, or hypokalemia, can lead to muscle damage and difficulty breathing.

Furthermore, nutrition expert Palinski-Wade mentions that individuals who consume excessive amounts of caffeine may experience digestive issues such as nausea and diarrhea.

Signs of coffee intoxication:

– Anxiety, restlessness

– Difficulty breathing

– Chest pain

– Seizures

– Diarrhea

– Rapid heartbeat

– Thirst/frequent urination

– Irritability

– Dizziness

– Nausea or vomiting

– Tingling sensation like pins and needles

– Excessive sweating

– Muscle twitching

– Sudden cardiac arrest

If experiencing these symptoms and suspecting coffee intoxication, seek medical advice and timely treatment.

When drinking coffee, it’s essential to monitor bodily reactions to adjust the dosage accordingly. Those sensitive to caffeine may switch to decaf coffee (coffee with over 95% of caffeine removed).

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