Are high caffeine drinks the symptom or cause, of our short sleeping, overtired population?

While sipping a new thing to me, a Caramel Machiato (bit too sweet for me), and enjoying the ‘Cafe Culture’, I looked around me and a thought occurred to me.

“Is perhaps the next way for Governments desperate to prop up failing economies a caffeine tax?”

Would a new indirect tax be such a surprise?

We have tax on alcohol, tax on cigarettes, tax on fuel and soon a tax on sugar.

Why not start taxing caffeine?

My thoughts continued like this:

We have a ban on advertising alcohol and cigarettes that is justified by health economic arguments. I suggest a health economic argument could be made for the impact of caffeine on sleep, which we know if fragmented impacts leptin and ghrelin*, which in layman’s terms means we getting fatter.

The International Diabetes Federation suggest that there may be a relationship between obstructive sleep apnoea and type 2 diabetes** and we have obesity and cardiovascular epidemics. This all adds up to a considerable cost to the State…

Could we then perhaps conclude that full fat milk, high caffeine coffees and also perhaps sugar loaded, high caffeine ‘energy drinks’ contribute to Society’s obesity problems and are not so much a symptom of our short sleeping society but actually the cause?

I don’t consider it too improbable, that in time, we may see a tax per mg of caffeine in coffee and ‘energy drinks’….

Remember, you read it here first! 🙂

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