Cons of drinking coffee include the possibility of addiction, adrenal exhaustion, consumption of known carcinogens including caffeine (though coffee itself has not been conclusively linked to cancer), increased stress levels, and increased blood pressure. This is not an exhaustive list of negative effects, but it is important to keep in mind that not everyone will display all negative symptoms and that the amount of coffee you drink makes a large difference as well. If you personally do not experience enough negative effects to make you want to quit, it is unlikely that quitting will cause any great health benefits. If you feel that you are becoming addicted to coffee, it is a good idea to reduce your consumption or quit. For more, see the link below.
ajmosko’s answer covers the negative health effects well, so I won’t go into those. I will submit some other effects. Cost comes to mind. If you drink one cup of coffee a day, which is considered moderate coffee drinking, and spent 1.50 on each one, you would spend almost 550 dollars a year. If you purchase gourmet coffee daily like 18% of Americans who drink coffee, that number is probably going to be much higher. Also, it can be annoying to “need” your coffee or your day is ruined. I personally enjoy not needing to worry about the coffee factor when I go traveling, camping, or spend the night at a friend’s house.
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The United States is a massive consumer of coffee, but only Hawaii (and maybe Florida) can grow it, so the overwhelming majority must be grown in other countries and transported here, so coffee also has negative effects on the environment.
I know coffee does have it cons, but when drunk in moderation it has its pros as well. According to a recent Today Show interview with Dr. Judith Reichman (an expert in woman’s health), in moderation coffee can result in increased calorie-burning, mood-enhancing, and even relaxed airways, helping reduce the risk of asthma attacks. Also, amongst Japanese-American men at least, “coffee drinkers have a lower incidence of Parkinson’s disease”. All of this is assuming, however, that one has no pre-existing medical conditions which might be exacerbated by excess caffeine consumption.
I think it’s worth eliminating if a person begins to develop an addiction. Nowadays people say very casually that they need their coffee or they are addicted to coffee (sometimes it sounds like they think it’s a good thing!). But what does this really mean? It means that health and state of well being is affected when they don’t have coffee. This could mean exhaustion, headaches, or a foul mood. It also probably means they are no longer listening to their body, meaning they are not getting the proper amounts of sleep. If they are drinking coffee because of a lack of energy, this may also mean they are not eating the foods they need to to feel energized. Many people when they give up coffee end up feeling more energized after they get over the addiction. In my opinion, all addictions should be eliminated.
Drinking too much coffee can stain your teeth. Coffee is acidic, so increasing the acidity of your stomach may be good for everyone, especially for those with digestion issues, heartburn, etc… Coffee can impact your mood, especially when you have a habit of drinking every single day in order to be alert and awake.
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