Coffee is considered to be one of the most popular drinks the world over. As a stimulant, it helps in overcoming tiredness and fatigue. The person slowly becomes a caffeine addict and coffee drinking often becomes a habit that is difficult to be gotten over.
The rich presence of the psychoactive drug caffeine and alkaloids make coffee an active stimulant. As an addictive drug, coffee can be considered similar to cocaine. When you drink coffee, the central nervous system is affected and it thereby leads to withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, headaches, uneasiness and lethargy. Thus coffee has the potential to make a severe blow on a person’s health rhythm. If exposed to caffeine in excessive amounts, psychiatric irregularities are also caused.
Some of the harmful effects of drinking coffee include dyspepsia, coronary disorders, constipation, gall stones, osteoporosis, premenstrual syndrome, fibrocystic breast disease etc. In women, excessive consumption of coffee leads to gradual decrease in bone density.
Studies indicate that digestive distress is likely to be caused by increased caffeine exposure due to the acid content present in the drink. Caffeine is also hazardous to the body as it acts as a diuretic which disturbs the fluid balance of the body by drawing out the fluid where they are required to soften the stool. That is why coffee is found to result in constipation.
On the contrary, in some people with sensitive colon coffee drinking is found to lead to diarrhea. This is found to be the after effect of stimulated bowel muscle contractions caused by coffee. However, this irregularity is caused by both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffees. Caffeine makes a person more prone to osteoporosis. Excessive coffee drinking leads to the enhanced excretion of calcium. As a result, the bones are robbed of its essential element strength. Weakened bones result in osteoporosis. In women, coffee drinking might lead to severe premenstrual syndrome with highly disturbing consequences.