How to Quit Drinking Caffeine

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Reader Comments (26)

there's a very simple answer to the title..."don't"

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjiggly mcsickfingers

I agree. Pry my coffee from my cold dead hands, Moses.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLarz

Replace with energy dri-- Wait, that's supercaffeine.

February 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnother Rob

I weened myself off soda-pop... I have been caffine free for a whole 1 day... as of 8pm tonight.

March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterB.Rex

No soda, no coffee. I will live for eons.

April 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZerp64

Fantastic! :D

March 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

I replaced about half of my daily Diet Coke intake with A.D.D. medication >_>

July 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

I drink about two thousand calories of soda a day, is that bad?

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJesse

So.... it turns out caffeine is actually healthy for you. It strengthens your heart as opposed to weakening it. Plus it keeps you awake :)

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDemon

is it just me or does Scott look more buff than normal in the last frame?

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkyle

You know ADD medication is mostly just meth right? Replace Caffeine with Meth, is that better or worse? I'm not sure...

September 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAle

you should SO make this comic into a mug, like the anti-running mug. i think this would be funny, because most people drink coffee out of mugs, and this comic is anti-caffeine! get it?

well, i'd buy it anyway, so there's that.

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFaye

Constant pain, the price of health, I almost choked on my drink when I read that. That accurately describes my life these last few months. I'm weaning myself from the painkillers I take for my back (opiates), and when it stops hurting, I know it is time to reduce the dosage.
The pay-off however, is totally worth it. Opiates have dulled my mind for over 10 years, this feels like waking up. Even the pain feels crisp. Does that sound weird?

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkobus

Energy drinks, coffee, and soda forever.

Unless, of course, you want your head ripped away from your body.

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlanna

Ale, it's usually an amphetamine salt, and not methamphetamine. That's like saying tobacco and marijuana both get you high because they're both leaves you smoke. That's probably a bad analogy, but all analogies are bad and your statement is still inaccurate.

December 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterL G

Thank you L G for pointing out that. I would have thought that more ppl knew that, but I got some people near me, that were saying that they were never going to get their kids Ritalin because it was medical meth... The ignorance of some people, most have an internet connection, so there is no excuse for not looking up the facts...

December 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkobus

Here's a better way: don't start using caffeine. That's what I do. Caffeine is the only drug that my peers tried to pressure me into taking. They said it's not a drug. That's not true. Caffeine is part of the drug family called stimulants, which also includes nicotine and cocaine.

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThalia

I find that drinking a ton of tea helps me personally

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterincognito

@Thalia: I'm going to try to say this in a way that won't be deleted by the moderators. I strongly disagree with your opinion. You have fallen into the all-too-common trap of demonizing the word "drug." Cold medicine is a drug. Asthma medication is a drug. Unless you're a hippie, you're going to take drugs at some point in your life.

You don't "use" caffeine, unless you're taking caffeine pills. You drink it. Sometimes you eat it. I can only assume you've never had chocolate, which has caffeine. Or, as your post would suggest, you are merely ignorant.

Your "peers" sound really boring, especially if they've actually tried to "pressure" you into having some coffee or something. They probably just thought you looked tired, and could use a pick-me-up. They were not trying to trick you into making poor decisions.

You suck. Join the real world.

July 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdrian

I gave up caffeine about 20 times the first month after I resolved to quit. No half-hearted one-and-done resolutions for me!

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJittery

I tried quitting caffeine cold turkey. I lasted three days.

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterT'Lema

@Adrian: Drugs change your body chemistry and should be looked at with skepticism. Not using drugs, of any nature (even the "good" ones), unless it is absolutely necessary is far better than ending up with a massive number of prescriptions. Also, hippies did a lot of drugs.

As someone with ADD who used to take the drugs but no longer does so: putting a growing child on mind-altering drugs of any kind will significantly alter their psyche beyond what the meds are supposed to do. I can also tell you that there are beneficial effects of ADD that can be leveraged only if you can control it without meds.

September 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFreeFall

According to the hyper-link I'm providing, cocoa beans contain caffeine and theobromine, but much, much less than coffee and tea. And you weren't going to eat it all day... except, I'm writing this at Christmas.

When you're habituated with regular doses, caffeine has almost no effect compared to otherwise, but withdrawal sure does.

Plenty of things are drugs (although sugar seems to be mainly energy and excitement rather than other physical effects, and you're liable to act drunk if you aren't swallowing alcohol but you think you are): what matters is to act responsibly with them.

December 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

I just wanted to know what soda has hydrogenated vegetable oil in it, as well as salt AND corn syrup!

Re: the caffeine issue, I think it's more of a problem than others. When I was little I saw how my grandma couldn't function without her coffee and consequently I had very little caffeine until I was about 16, and then rarely after that. I enjoy caffeine and it is useful to me, mostly in the forms of black tea or very occasionally Excedrin or similar pain medications. It isn't reasonable to expect someone to always stay off all drugs, because a drug is simply a substance that affects the body and a staggering number of substances are technically drugs. However, it's good to know what you are putting in your body and what it does.

The "drugs" issue reminds me of people that say "don't put chemicals into your body." "Okay", I say, "why don't you try staying away from dihydrogen monoxide and telling me how that went for you in a week?"

March 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRohvannyn

I have been caffeine free for a month now. No chocolate, no tea, no coffee, no energy drinks, no pain killers, and I feel GREAT! At first I didn't think I could do it, but now I am so glad that I did.

April 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlli

Can we all shut up about caffeine and get back to commenting on Scott's brilliance. I've been trying for weeks to go through every last one of these (having just found BI.) finally felt compelled to drop down in praise. Reading in reverse order even!

Note from Scott: Well thanks! Glad you're enjoying the comic!

October 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPre-op

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