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Perked up or addicted?

Byline: By Hilarie Stelfox

Firstborn returned safely from his school trip with nothing worse than an addiction to caffeine.

He'd spent the week drinking espresso in every German cafA they stopped at and arrived back looking wild-eyed and unable to sleep, despite being on a coach and ferry for a gruelling 15 hours.

It took most of half term to "dry" him out and as late as Friday he was asking for coffee, which made me consider how the rest of us became addicted and if coffee drinking is a rite of passage.

Should we let him become dependent? Why did we start drinking the stuff? And is it harmful?

A growing number of teenagers seem to be shunning tea and coffee. When work experience girls and boys arrive at the Examiner they rarely partake of our regular brew-ups, preferring water or soft drinks.

However, putting it in perspective, if the worst thing he ever touches is coffee I will be a very happy parent indeed.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 9, 2004
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