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Podcast: How we all got hooked on caffeine

Aug 13, 2021

Whilst researching caffeine for his book “This is Your Mind on Plants”, author Michael Pollan decided to give up the drug as an experiment to understand the role caffeine played in his life - “it’s invisible yet pervasive power”. The short podcast titled “How we all got hooked on caffeine”, provides an account of Michael's experience and the changes he noticed in his functioning. He also provides an interesting historical background on how caffeine first gained popularity prior to the industrial revolution and how tea and coffee overtook alcohol as the most popular drink. In addition to the podcast there is a link to an article Micheal wrote titled “The invisible addiction: is it time to give up caffeine?” Given that about 90% of us drink caffeine regularly, we thought this story may be of interest!

Listen to "How we all got hooked on caffeine" (28 minutes)