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What happens to your body when you give up caffeine?

For many people, caffeine is a staple part of their day. Present in tea, coffee, energy drinks, Coca Cola and even chocolate, the substance is the planet’s most popular psychoactive drug. According to the British Coffee Association, Brits alone get through 95 million cups of coffee a day.

It can also be stubbornly difficult to give up, as I recently discovered. While I have never struggled with Dry January or even going vegan, committing to the decaf way of life felt like a different proposition altogether.

“Caffeine is a stimulant and those who are used to consuming significant quantities of caffeine on a regular basis may experience lethargy, and tiredness, and find it difficult to concentrate if they stop suddenly,” explains Abbas Kanani, a pharmacist at the online pharmacy Chemist Click.

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