Caffeine Could Cause Hallucinations

| 1/15/2009 11:52:32 AM

Tags: Science, coffee, caffeine, Neatorama, BBC,

Coffee HallucinationDrinking too much coffee could make people hear voices or sense things that aren’t there, the BBC reports. The research doesn’t prove a “causal link” between coffee and hearing voices, but the study found that people who drink more than seven cups of instant coffee per day were three times more likely to experience hallucinations.

(Thanks, Neatorama.)



bennett gordon
1/23/2009 3:44:06 PM

Uh oh, the Bad Science blog makes a compelling case why this research doesn't hold water: Sorry, people.

rachel levitt
1/23/2009 1:32:36 PM

I'm decidedly pro-coffee. Not only is it the #1 source of antioxidants in the American diet (,) but it has also been proven to lessen the risk of liver disease caused by heavy drinking ( Put that in your cup and brew it.

lance winslow
1/22/2009 1:58:10 AM

This is indeed an interesting study. My thinking is that like Morphine, Codine, Nicotine, that caffeine is also one of those "ine" drugs and thus, it makes total sense. So, I wonder if any cultish religions will pick this up and serve coffee at their meetings, maybe double and triple "shot" it, as to have maximum effect? Scary stuff really, but I am not surprised much.

bennett gordon
1/21/2009 1:20:41 PM

I’m not sure that coffee is my friend. I’m in a one-sided, dependent relationship with coffee. I love it, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t love me. Now I’m going to go get another cup.

1/21/2009 12:12:57 PM

Will they ever stop? Coffee has been blamed for all manner of ills and evils ever since it made its way to Europe. It's interesting that this study shows up just as there are an increasing number of studies showing the benefits to memory, the levels of antioxidants, and just plain goodness of coffee and caffeine. Perhaps the study needs to be repeated with real coffee and not instant. Perhaps the mind-altering substances are actually the result of the chemical process of making coffee into instant coffee? The nanny culture and nanny state kick the "hallucination," ball into the court when nothing else is scaring people from a harmless substance. Stop. Enough. Coffee is our friend.