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July 21, 2005

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Bernard Guerrero

Give in to the Dark (Roast) Side, Doug....

Frank O'Connor

It gets better slowly.

Decaf is a good placebo in the early days. Switching to tea also helped in my case - and they have a vast range of the stuff over here - even tea that tastes like coffee (almost).

After 6 months I don't even think about coffee any more. I feel a lot more alert than I did when I was drinking it by the bucket load.

I probably felt like this after a month or so but the trouble is I can't remember when the change exactly happened.

Frank O'Connor

It gets better slowly.

Decaf is a good placebo in the early days. Switching to tea also helped in my case - and they have a vast range of the stuff over here - even tea that tastes like coffee (almost).

After 6 months I don't even think about coffee any more. I feel a lot more alert than I did when I was drinking it by the bucket load.

I probably felt like this after a month or so but the trouble is I can't remember when the change exactly happened.

Mike Ralls

I say stick with it Doug. It's hard as hell, I know, I've been there. I used to drink about at least a 6 pack of coke a day, often more. Then when I say my dentist one time and he told me that do to the farked up nature of my teeth I had to stop drinking all pop, now, or I would have denture by the time I was 30. So I bit the bullet and went cold turkey. It was hard. Headaches, fatigue, unease, everything you are describing I went through, but it does get better. 6 months later I didn't even miss pop, and these days I drink maybe three or four caffine drinks a year, and I often feel jittery and on edge when I do.

You are master of your body, don't let it tell you otherwise.

Good luck!

Carlos

Go back, but only small amounts, and ritualize it. Then switch to a half-and-half mix, then to decaf on every other cup, and so on. Soon enough, the ritual will wake you up, not the effects of the coffee.

I think that maybe you get a lot more physiological changes on caffeine than I do -- yes, it's unfair, the guy with the coffee cup icon can take it or leave it -- and maybe your repeated trials at cold turkey are a sign that you don't want this a/d/d/i/c/t/i/o/n/ d/e/p/e/n/d/e/n/c/y/ harmless beverage any longer.

Is Charlie Stross around? I know he had to give up coffee -- stomach problems -- and he wrote science fiction stories about coffee supremacy.

Andrew Reeves

So is this a permanent thing or just a few weeks to get the tolerance back down?

Natalie

So you've inspired me. I've been flirting with this idea myself. It is now day 2. No headache, although I am sleepy and quite gummy-brained. I am sure my patients will love that. Vacation next week, so this is a fine time to stop. If Doug can give up coffee, surely, *I* can...

claudia

Natalie, go for it... with this caveat: It may or may not be worth making yourself miserable. But if you're making spouse and child miserable, leave it be.

"Gummy-brained" is good. One objective measurement: I notice that my rate of spelling errors soars.

Andrew, it's just for a few weeks. (Maybe a very few.) Proof-of-concept.

Carlos, I'm not sure if tapering is the way to go. Might be worth a try. But I do seem to be getting a real physiological effect.


Doug M.

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