Is Drinking Coffee Really Bad For You?

Published: December 19, 2013
Dear Is Drinking Coffee Really Bad For You?,

I really like coffee but my mom keeps saying that it's not good for me because of the caffeine. Is there anything that bad about it?

Dear Is Drinking Coffee Really Bad For You?,

A coffee once and a while won’t hurt you, but if you’re becoming a regular coffee drinker, it’s important to know that caffeine has been known to produce physical dependence and to alter moods. Too much caffeine can also cause:

  • Nervousness
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Accelerated heartbeat
  • Stomach upset
  • Frequent urination
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle tremors
  • Headaches
  • Jitteriness

That said, if you like the taste of coffee, TeenHealthFX recommends that you drink decaffeinated coffee only. If you are drawn to coffee for what may be perceived as the benefits of caffeine, we recommend you take a look at your lifestyle to see why this kind of energy boost is feeling necessary. Instead of the loading up on the caffeine, make sure you:

  • Get enough sleep each night
  • Try and go to sleep and wake up at about the same time each morning
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat a nutritious diet
  • Exercise regularly

If you have any other questions or concerns about the effects of drinking coffee, or about overall levels of fatigue, FX recommends that you speak to your doctor about it. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.