I will give one piece of advice that is extremely important. Quoting: Anonymous Coward 28410867
People will laugh but don't underestimate hos bad this addiction is.
Have enough coffee/caffeine to kick the habit if you drink cofee/coke/sports drinks/chocoloate.
I went cold turkey to stop , and the withdrawal symptoms will lay you out for over a week.
As bad as the flu, headaches sore throat, unable to sleep, muscle aches, so tired and lethargic you cannot move, depression, anxiety the list goes on. People have gone to ER due to caffeine withdrawals, and I can count the number of adults I know on one had who have no caffeine in their diet.
When I stopped caffeine, and I only consumed a pretty small amount of caffeine it was pure hell.
The first couple of days your fine, then the headache hits, the headache doesn't last long and is not too bad but after 3 or 4 days the real withdrawal symptoms hit.
Like having a real bad dose of the flu. You can tell its the caffeine as if you want to make all the pain/tiredness/lethargy/sickness go away all you need to do is have a tiny amount of caffeine, like a single sip of coffee/energy drink and within 5 minutes everything is gone and you feel back to normal.
The muscle pains where so bad that my entire shoulder seized up and I couldn't move my arm above shoulder height.
This lasted for over a week.The pain was worse than when I came out of a coma with crushed legs in a motor cycle accident. Its very frighting.
Every step was an agonizing effort.
I have known people who try to quit cold turkey and cannot.
I have seen it almost break up marriages and when the person who tried to quit starts back up caffeine there marriage is perfect again.
don't go cold turkey, reduce the the dosage and ween yourself off.
Please make sure you have enough caffeine for you and others around you to safely come off it.
You have made a very important observation. I've thought about it in the past, too, having had the occasional "absence of caffeine headache". Here are my thoughts on the caffeine subject:
* I have stockpiled tea with my preps. A hundred bags of Lipton costs around three dollars, lasts a long time. Tea has less caffeine than coffee but it also contains a relaxing substance tannin which counteracts the jittery effect of straight caffeine.
* For the real coffee afficianados with deep pockets, you can buy bulk green coffee beans and learn how to roast them in small batches yourself. They last a long time in the green state, especially if you vacuum pack them with nitrogen.
* For your bug out bag, a small bottle of No-Doz, has 100 mg. caffeine in pill form, about the same as a cup of coffee. It also has vitamins B1 and B3 to metabolize energy.
* In a desperate situation, eating a single coffee bean (chewed well) will have you up doing jumping jacks all night.
On another and more frightening note, what about all the MILLIONS of people in this country who are regular users of anit-depressants? Remember the Prozac defense, when people went nuts from stopping their meds? They would kill someone during a psychotic episode caused by abrupt withdrawal of their anti-depressant. Yikes....