Perhaps you don’t have an issue with alcohol. But what about caffeinated beverages? This includes coffee, flavored coffee, drinks, certain teas, and caffeinated sodas. People who will hide their flask of liquor in the drawer or their desk won’t think twice about their coffee consumption.
If you were to take a poll of your friends, family, coworkers, and acquaintances, I think you’d find many more were attached to their latte than their liquor. In our society, caffeine is acceptable.
But what happens when your caffeine consumption takes on an exaggerated position in your life? I’ve seen people who didn’t feel comfortable unless they carried their lidded hot cup — a security blanket wrapped in a cardboard sleeve.
I’ve seen people who experience anxiety if told they needed to cut down on their caffeine consumption and were fearful of what that would mean.
I’ve seen people who would rather give up food than this type of drink.
They consume to excess, and their consumption is considered excessity.
SOURCE: Chapter 2, “Examine Your Excess,” in Gotta Have It! by Gregory L. Jantz, PhD., founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources Inc.