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: http://www.badscience.net/2009/01/drink-coffee-see-dead-people/ 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 (http://www.physorg.com/news6067.html,) but it has also been proven to lessen the risk of liver disease caused by heavy drinking (http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/13/health/13prev.html). 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.