Posted by: Steph | May 12, 2008

Diet Coke Diaries – Day 1

Maybe three litres a day is a bit too much.

The medical leaders at John Hopkins have the following to say about Caffeine withdrawal:

The researchers identified five clusters of common withdrawal symptoms: headache; fatigue or drowsiness; dysphoric mood including depression and irritability; difficulty concentrating; and flu-like symptoms of nausea, vomiting and muscle pain or stiffness. In experimental studies, 50 percent of people experienced headache and 13 percent had clinically significant distress or functional impairment — for example, severe headache and other symptoms incompatible with working. Typically, onset of symptoms occurred 12 to 24 hours after stopping caffeine, with peak intensity between one and two days, and for a duration of two to nine days. In general, the incidence or severity of symptoms increased with increases in daily dose, but abstinence from doses as low as 100 milligrams per day, or about one small cup of coffee, also produced symptoms.

So be nice to me.

Oh, and the squirrel in the masthead is Eric from Kendal Ave. I hope he is getting along well with his new neighbours.

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