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It’s NOT The Coffee That ‘Gets You Going’ In The Morning…

Many say their brain doesn’t start working properly in the morning until they have had a cup of coffee.

But the stimulating effect for which caffeine is famous may be an illusion, say researchers.

Those who drink a lot of coffee may feel more alert after their first cup of the day.

But this is probably because it reverses the fatiguing effects of overnight caffeine withdrawal, say the researchers.

Their study suggests coffee drinkers may actually be better off without their habitual morning mug as it raises the risk of anxiety and high blood pressure.

In the study, 379 people who abstained from caffeine for 16 hours before drinking either caffeine or a placebo (dummy drink) were tested for a range of responses afterwards.

The Bristol University researchers found little variance in levels of alertness among the volunteers, says a report published online in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.

Peter Rogers, from the university’s department of experimental psychology and one of the lead authors of the study, said: ‘Our study shows that we don’t gain an advantage from consuming caffeine