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Overview

Caffeine is the most popular psychoactive substance in the world, and one of the widest-traded commodities in the forms of coffee, tea and cola soft drinks. But is consumption of caffeine safe in terms of physical and mental health?

Addressing this question, the author of this volume traces how caffeine consumption evolved as well as how caffeine is absorbed, distributed and metabolized in our bodies. He then discusses the effects of caffeine on: psychomotor and cognitive performance; psychological well-being; blood pressure and cardiovascular health; carcinogenic potentials; pregnancy and perinatal health; athletic performance; and diagnostic and therapeutic applications. The book concludes with an examination of the issue

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Introduction
Preface
1 Caffeine: The Drug and Its Use 1
2 Pharmacology and Toxicology of Caffeine 14
3 Psychopharmacology of Caffeine 35
4 Caffeine and Psychopathology 58
5 Caffeine and Cardiovascular Health 80
6 Caffeine and Cancer 103
7 Caffeine, Pregnancy, and Perinatal Health 116
8 Beneficial Uses of Caffeine 133
9 Overview: Is Caffeine a Drug of Abuse? 147
References 159
Index 220
About the Author 227
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