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9 Reasons to Stop Drinking Coffee Immediately

Dan Western



9 Reasons to Stop Drinking Coffee Immediately

Today’s article is all about caffeine, the thing that we all love and enjoy. We’re going to get into a little bit more detail about caffeine, and some of the best reasons to stop drinking coffee immediately.

What happens when we drink coffee?

Within 10 minutes of drinking coffee, caffeine enters your bloodstream, and your blood pressure and heart rate begin to rise.

After 20 minutes, you begin to become more alert, and your concentration levels start to improve. Hence why people who drink coffee love the stuff so much.

Within 30 minutes, your athletic ability is improved by increased motor neuron efficiency.

Within 12 hours, things are back to normal, and after 12 hours, your body starts to get withdrawal symptoms from not consuming any more caffeine.

This awesome infographic explains the process in more detail.

But, more importantly… let’s move on to the reason why you clicked on this article.


9 Reasons to Stop Drinking Coffee

Let’s get into it!

Here are some of the best reasons to stop drinking coffee or caffeine completely. There are many healthy alternatives to coffee that still contain caffeine. For example, I drink green tea regularly, which has a much lower amount of caffeine, and can also be very good for you.

Anyway, here are the reasons to quit coffee:


1. Caffeine Can Reduce the Quality of Your Sleep

Obviously we know caffeine is a natural stimulant for the brain, but this will have an affect on our sleeping patterns and the quality of sleep we get.

Even if you don’t drink coffee before you go to sleep, it can still have an affect the amount of solid sleep you get.

Those who have stopped drinking caffeine have often seen improvements in the quality of sleep they get every night. In turn, this leaves them naturally more rested for the next day ahead.

And so actually, after reading the next point I’m about to explain, you’ll see why coffee can actually give you less energy than usual.

This point on reduced quality of sleep, combined with the next point really shows how detrimental caffeine can be to your energy levels.


2. After Time, Coffee Doesn’t Give You Any More Energy

Many of us drink coffee everyday because we need our extra boost of energy in the mornings to get us through the day. However, after time, our bodies build a tolerance to this, and we really don’t see any more energy benefits from drinking coffee every day.

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If you stop drinking coffee for a while, and then have a cup of the stuff every now and again afterwards, you’ll experience the energy boosting benefits once again.

So for anyone who’s drinking coffee everyday purely because you think it’s giving you more energy, it’s most likely not having any real affect on your energy levels.


3. It’s Healthy to Beat the Addiction of Caffeine

Relying on any substance is a risky thing. Obviously the worse the substance the more serious the issue is. Illegal drugs are clearly some of the worst possible cases of addiction. However, having an addiction for any substance is not healthy.

If you’re addicted to coffee, and you rely on it every single day, it’s not healthy. Beating any addiction will give you more freedom and power over yourself.


4. You Can Save A Lot of Money by Quitting Coffee

For most of the working world, in particular those solo entrepreneurs reading this and living the laptop lifestyle, coffee can become an expensive habit.

It’s very easy to go and work in Starbucks, and get through a couple of cups. Maybe you’re not a laptop entrepreneur but you work in a building close by to some of your favorite coffee shops.

Making a visit there every break or lunch you get quickly racks up. Drinking it at home is obviously less expensive, but most people prefer to drink out. So if you’re trying to keep an eye on your bills, maybe cut back on the daily trip to Starbucks.


5. Coffee Can Cause Tooth Decay and Staining

It actually only takes 1 cup of coffee a day to begin staining your teeth. This is also the same case for certain types of tea.

Depending on where you get your coffee from, and how much sugar you put in it, coffee can also cause tooth decay. This is normally the case if your drinking flavored coffees and lattes from the likes of Starbucks.


6. No More Caffeine Shakes and Trembles

As caffeine is a natural stimulant and is regularly induced to give people more energy, it can give people the shakes if they consume too much.

If you drink a lot of caffeine, and you often suffer from involuntary shaking or trembling of your hands, then it’s likely that you’re experiencing one of the many side effects from taking too much caffeine.

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7. Caffeine Has an Affect on Your Mood

Coffee actually has an affect on your mood. For those who are used to drinking coffee very regularly, you can eventually become so consumed by it, that if you don’t have it at the time you’re used to, it makes you moody.

Quitting caffeine will remove these fluctuations in your mood, that are being controlled by your addiction for coffee.

Don’t let substances and other influences affect your mood and your emotions, and the way you come across to people. They shouldn’t have any power of you.


8. Quitting Coffee Can Lower Your Blood Pressure

Caffeine can cause an increase in your blood pressure. It may only cause an increase for a very short time, but the increase will be dramatic.

For anybody who’s blood pressure numbers are already high, drinking a lot of coffee could have serious consequences.

However, quitting coffee can help reduce your blood pressure levels, and stop you from being at risk of any related diseases.


9. Caffeine Can Increase Your Anxiety Levels

It has been a proven fact that coffee often increases many people’s anxiety levels. This is due to the way caffeine increases the amount of adrenaline in your body.

Deciding to quit caffeine completely can be a great solution for anyone suffering from anxiety, especially if they start to feel their anxiety levels rise.


How to Reduce Your Caffeine Intake

So now that you’ve seen the 10 main reasons to stop drinking coffee, you may well be wondering if there are any helpful tips you can use to reduce your caffeine intake. Check out a few of the steps we’ve listed below.


1. Switch out coffee for green tea

Green tea is actually incredibly healthy, and can be a great replacement for coffee. Sure, it still contains a small amount of caffeine, but it’s a lot less than coffee, and all the antioxidants include sure make it a great substitute.


2. Change Up Your Routine

The chances are that you’re drinking a lot of coffee due to your routine. Maybe you arrive at work when everybody is dishing out the coffees, or maybe you drive/walk past your favorite coffee shop on the way to work.

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If this is the case, then switch up your routine. Walk a different way to work etc. If there’s anything in your routine that makes it really easy for you to keep downing cups of coffee, try and change it.


3. Reduce Your Intake Slowly

If you drink two cups of coffee a day, try and eliminate the 2nd cup. Maybe find a different healthy drink that you really enjoy. Drink this at the usual time you’d have the 2nd coffee, and that’ll help quench your thirst.


4. Make Your Coffee’s Weaker

Start putting less coffee in your coffee. Limit the strength of the coffee and the amount of caffeine you’re consuming. If you often have coffee out at Starbucks, start making it yourself.



As we’re coming towards the end of the article, I thought I’d quickly recap the 10 reasons to stop drinking coffee immediately:

  1. Caffeine can reduce the quality of your sleep
  2. After time, coffee doesn’t give you any more energy
  3. It’s healthy to beat the addiction of caffeine
  4. You can save a lot of money by quitting coffee
  5. Coffee can cause tooth decay and staining
  6. No more coffee shakes and trembles
  7. Coffee can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes
  8. Caffeine has an affect on your mood
  9. Quitting coffee can lower your blood pressure
  10. Caffeine can increase your anxiety levels

And once again, here are the steps to reducing your caffeine intake:

  1. Switch out coffee for green tea
  2. Change up your routine
  3. Reduce your intake slowly
  4. Make your coffee’s weaker



Sure, drinking coffee may have it’s benefits. We may love the taste, we may love the energy it gives us on a Monday morning when we’re struggling to concentrate on our work. However, it looks like it comes with quite a few side effects, and dodgy health risks if you drink too much.

The solution to this?

We think that drinking coffee in moderation is perfectly okay, and maybe even beneficial in some ways. But when you’re drinking it once or twice every day, that’s when it starts to become a problem.

This could lead to things like:

  • Addiction
  • High blood pressure
  • No extra energy benefits
  • Reduced sleep quality
  • A big hole in your wallet

Are you trying to stop drinking coffee? Leave a comment below.

Dan Western is the founder of Wealthy Gorilla. Dan has been running Wealthy Gorilla and studying self-development, personal finance and investment for the last 7 years, whilst traveling the world and being able to call Bali, Indonesia, his HQ. To this day, Wealthy Gorilla has become one of the fastest growing self-development sites in the world; with over 160 million views worldwide, and more than 200,000 followers on social media. Dan's mission is simply, to inspire others to live their dreams and be the person to whom they say; "Because of you, I never gave up."



  1. Chris Hufnagel

    May 9, 2016 at 2:44 am

    Please don’t take my coffee away 🙁

    I used to drink a lot of tea but recently have been having a cup of coffee a day. I have noticed that it seems to help less and less. Maybe this next week I will try only having it one day a week, if I really need the extra boost to power through a project!

    Great article, didn’t realize so many bad points to drinking coffee.


    • Dan Western

      May 9, 2016 at 10:48 am

      Hey Chris,

      I love coffee as well! I try to switch it out for green tea most of the time now if I want a hot drink.

      Thanks for stopping by!


      • eh idk

        May 11, 2018 at 5:52 pm

        i dont really like coffee. this actually convinced me to stop drinking.

        • Sandy

          Apr 20, 2019 at 7:56 pm

          I have 16 cups a day. ? need to stop ASAP but it’s so hard

  2. Cris

    May 12, 2016 at 2:50 am

    A huge NO 🙁 Although I don’t drink coffee on the weekends, I need it on weekdays – at least in the morning – or I get highly grumpy. I brew my own coffee at home, and the beans I buy are local, so they’re not as expensive. Plus, I’m glad I could help out local farmers where I live. You do have pretty good points here (like being addicted) and I understand that. But in this crazy world and with our hectic lifestyles, we’re allowed at least ONE vice, right? 😉

    • Dan Western

      May 12, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Hey Cris,

      True! However, you also confirmed the fact the you get grumpy if you don’t drink it, which is simply because your body is used to it!

      Thanks for commenting!


  3. Corey Tat

    Aug 13, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Hey Dan,

    I really needed this article. I love caffeine way too much and as someone that is health conscious, I always make excuses as to why I need it to boost my workouts and to help me grind longer as an entrepreneur.

    I really enjoyed the well detailed post and the benefits of quitting (Even though I knew this). The article was really well written and now I’m actually going to make a strong attempt to cut caffeine out of my life.

    • Dan Western

      Aug 16, 2016 at 8:29 am

      Hey Corey,

      That’s great news! I’m a big lover of caffeine myself; not so much before workouts but whilst working. I try to switch coffee out for green tea most of the time. Still contains a little caffeine but much, MUCH, healthier for you!


  4. Danielle

    Oct 3, 2017 at 1:59 am

    I recently came off coffee and have been considering going back on. This article was a good reminded why I gave it up. Dr. Batmanghelidj, author of Your Bodies Many Cries for Water, has some strong arguments for ditching coffee as well. Tony Robins recommended reading it and it changed my perspective on both water and coffee.

  5. David

    Jan 16, 2019 at 2:11 am

    Hi Dan,I was trying to find the reason to quit a coffee habit. 100% with your reasons and explanations. I already knew it in the heart. Let’s break the chain of the Starbucks cards presents!
    Thanks for your help.

  6. Mike

    Oct 15, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    One other reason to quit coffee is that it is one of the heaviest pesticide sprayed crops so if you must drink it make sure you buy organic but either way it is not good for you.

  7. tina

    May 16, 2021 at 1:36 am

    I was drinking so much coffee that it was making my hairline recede. I stopped and my hairline has become normal again and when i drink, very rarely now, I feel like vomiting, so I pretty much stopped drinking coffee, but occasionally I will have a taste, 3 sips and throw out the rest of the cup, it makes me feel ok, I love the smell and taste of it, but it does not love me :), so I have to let it go.

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