Is drinking a pot of coffee (12 cups) throughout the day too much coffee?

Is drinking a pot of coffee (12 cups) throughout the day too much coffee?

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  1. 8 oz a cup? Yea that’s a lot.
    In studies I’ve read, there is a j-shaped curve to this, meaning, risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease is reduced with moderate consumption, but with more than 6 cups a day, it can increase risk.

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  2. Before I say anything else, I cannot emphasize enough that caffeine is a psychoactive drug. As is with the majority of psychoactive drugs, you develop a tolerance to caffeine over time. Those that drink an entire pot (or more) of coffee per day have developed a tolerance that makes such a large quantity of caffeine feel normal. However , if you were to drink an entire pot of coffee without having built up a tolerance, it will likely be extremely uncomfortable at best, and dangerous at worst.
    Also, keep in mind that as is with most psychoactive drugs, the higher your tolerance becomes, the more challenging and unpleasant kicking the caffeine will be. There will be a point at which you have to slowly reduce your caffeine intake or otherwise suffer from potentially severe withdrawal symptoms, such as brain-splitting headaches, unimaginable fatigue and lethargy, etc.
    Many people drink consume far more caffeine than the recommended 400mg/day maximum and are totally fine. Just don’t go overboard and listen to your body.

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  3. I drink at least a 12 cup pot of coffee a day and have done so for many years. I am now 70 years old and have developed eczema and thin skin. I have to be careful about rubbing against sharp edges – doors, drawers, etc.. When my skin heals, it takes longer than normal and sometimes develops thick scales that itch a lot. I don’t know if coffee did it but I am now using Triamcinolone Acetonide ointment, antihistamines, and other lotions that my dermatologist recommended. It helps a lot but does not totally cure the condition. I still need to try going without or minimizing my coffee intake as a personal experiment. I am also a smoker and am fairly sure that isn’t helping the situation. If minimizing my coffee intake doesn’t work, I will try to quit smoking. If either helps, I’ll tell all the world!! So far, I am unable to find a lot of Internet evidence, anectotal or otherwise.

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  4. You gotta respect the bean…and listen to your body.
    So I’m going to assume that we’re talking traditional cups (8 oz). And 12 cups is a pretty standard pot size on your average drip coffee maker.
    Personally, I drink 2 cups (16 oz) of locally roasted Colombian Estate grown coffee in my car on the way to work. I drink another 2 cups (16 oz) late morning. And then a double shot of espresso [equivalent caffeine of 2 cups of coffee] in the afternoon (to fuel me into the night). So a total of roughly 6 cups of coffee.
    For me, I’ve learned that it’s better to spread out my coffee intake. I’ve learned that quality beans are better for my body. So I only drink Arabica blends (avoid Robusta beans whenever possible). And I drink plenty of water throughout the day.
    I used to drink closer to 12 cups a day. But by spacing things out. Improving the quality of the coffee. And diversifying (drip in the morning, a pour over in the afternoon, a shot of espresso early evening) it makes drinking a bit more interesting.
    Questions to ask yourself: Why do I drink coffee? For the taste? For the caffeine? Out of boredom? Everyone else is drinking it? I’m the designated person who makes daily Starbuck’s runs?
    It could be that you need the caffeine in the morning; you need a pick me up in the afternoon; and you just want a good tasting cup in the evening. In which case you could go with a stronger bodied roast in the morning; grab a couple shots of espresso or a Macchiato at lunch; and then enjoy a pourover of a quality Estate blend coffee (light or medium roast) in the evening.
    Note: The darkness of roast doesn’t always equate to caffeine content.
    Learn more about the beans—and the desires of your body. Drink accordingly. And enjoy!

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  5. Definitely so. I mean, om the low end, its 80 mg (caffeine)/cup and thats 960 mgs a day. That’s near a gram a day, which is halfway to easy overdose range. That’s on the low end it’s probably more like 135 mgs which, well, do the math. That level can lead to serious problems and you should definitely cut back.

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  6. Drinking 4 cups of coffee is probably safe from most healthy adults. I believe thats actual cups.
    This points out:
    As a general rule, you can assume that an average 8 ounce cup of coffee contains around 100 mg of caffeine. Several sources suggest that 400 mg of caffeine, or 4 cups of coffee, are safe for most healthy adults (3, 5). However, many people (including myself) drink much more than that without any issues.
    Here’s an article for learning more: How Much Coffee Is Actually Safe to Drink? A New Review
    Source: Coffee and Caffeine — How Much Should You Drink?
    Update:
    Timing is key. 4 cups in 4 hours I’m guessing might be a bit of an overload.
    I would first highlight that 4 cups of coffee probably isn’t the same as Starbucks type coffee drinks.
    Drinking too much coffee, however can cause a weird after effect which seems to require more effort and focus to drive in my experience.

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  7. Not really, it depends on how you define “too much”. Is it the absolute ideal perfect amount of coffee for your health? Maybe it’s a little over that.
    Some people answering clearly don’t have a clue. First of all a cup of coffee is 5 fluid ounces. 12 cups of coffee is means 12 x 5 fluid ounces which is about 600 mg of caffeine, though the amount of caffeine you get could be significantly higher or lower. 600 mg is a little above the recommended limit, but is very unlikely to impact you much negatively. Think about how it’s not recommended by some authorites not to eat more than one egg a day yet people can eat 6 a day and be fine. Listen to your body and if it doesn’t feel like too much it probably isn’t. You could consider reducing it to 8 cups a day. Also consider your other caffeine intake.
    I sincerely hope you’re not brewing it all together. Coffee should be consumed within 30 minutes or so of brewing. Split it into either 2 pots of 6 cups or 3 pots of 4.

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