Caffeine 'Addiction': A Tortured Love

The long history of humanity's favorite psychoactive substance, briefly

This is the first episode of our eclectic new video series If Our Bodies Could Talk, in which I walk through health-related topics in the news that actually have long/weird/interesting/disconcerting histories. This episode is about caffeine addiction—addiction in the colloquial use of the term, not the life-threatening clinical sense. That said, I hope it's sort of interesting and fun and self-affirming and gives clarity to your relationship with coffee or brightly-colored energy products.

Are you drinking one now? If so, why, and if not, why not? Are you afraid to try them? Afraid not to try them? Is anything we do not motivated by fear?

James Hamblin, MD, is a senior editor at The Atlantic. He writes the health column for the monthly magazine and hosts the video series If Our Bodies Could Talk.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The Best 71-Second Animation You'll Watch Today

A rock monster tries to save a village from destruction.

Video

The Case for Napping at Work

Most Americans don't get enough sleep. More and more employers are trying to help address that.

Video

A Four-Dimensional Tour of Boston

In this groundbreaking video, time moves at multiple speeds within a single frame.

Video

Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

Video

Stunning GoPro Footage of a Wildfire

In the field with America’s elite Native American firefighting crew

More in Video

Just In