Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Caffeine and hallucinations

People who drink large amounts of tea and coffee may be more prone to hallucinations, according to a study of 200 students, carried out by researchers at Durham University. High caffeine users, those people who consumed more than the equivalent of seven cups of coffee a day, were three times more likely to have heard a person's voice when there was nobody there than low caffeine users who drank less than a cup a day. This could be because caffeine stimulates the release of the stress hormone cortisol, or because those students who are more prone to hallucinations use caffeine to cope with their experiences.

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