“Wired Tight: Caffeine Use in the Veteran Community” Live, Local Veterans’ Voices TV Show Airs July 17 at 7:00 p.m.

July 15, 2017 19:00 pm · 9 comments

Join us this Monday night for the July edition of Veterans’ Voices.

We’ll be talking about caffeine.  For many people, a quick cup of coffee or tea is part of the morning routine.  Maybe you’re a two-cup person.  Maybe one makes you so jittery that you avoid caffeine completely.  But for most people, it’s not that significant of an issue.  For some people who have become dependent upon it, caffeine can be a powerful substance that isn’t easy to give up.

Veterans often start their caffeine habit during service, when staying awake for long stretches isn’t just desired, but is literally required.

What happens when they come home is another story; large doses of caffeine consumption can exacerbate symptoms of PTSD.  Getting treatment is already difficult, but when your high-caffeine drink makes the anxiety, restlessness and inability to sleep even worse, the roadblocks to getting healthy are just that much higher.

In Monday’s episode of “Veterans’ Voices,” we’ll have an honest discussion about the consequences, intended and unintended, of caffeine use, and the connection to military service.  And if you’re thinking you can’t do without it, join us for some thoughts about life after caffeine as well.

As always, we welcome you to be part of the show.  Your thoughts, stories, questions and comments are encouraged; you can call, email, live chat, text, or message us on social media.

Join us Monday, July 17th, at 7:00 p.m. for this month’s edition of Veterans’ Voices. We’ll be broadcasting live online and airing on Contra Costa Television, CCTV.

Veterans’ Voices is a joint production of the Contra Costa County Veterans Service Office and Contra Costa Television (CCTV.)  It is underwritten by a grant from the California Department of Veterans Affairs.  CCTV can be found on Comcast Channel 27, Astound Channel 32 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 throughout Contra Costa County.  Catch prior shows or watch the show live online by visiting: http://www.contracostatv.org/veteransvoices.

Atticus Thraxx July 15, 2017 at 7:38 PM

God Bless veterans. But seriously, Caffeine workshop? Gut that one out.

Cowellian July 15, 2017 at 7:52 PM

Will they serve coffee?

Fritzhugh Ludlow July 15, 2017 at 10:36 PM

Never in the Military Services, but have taken 2 to 3 Caffeine Tablets every day since 1975, and never found them to be Addicting!

javaboy July 16, 2017 at 9:56 AM

These days I have noticed, the caffeine of choice for newer military people seems to be soda or those nasty so-called ‘energy drinks’ that are lots more loaded than coffee with caffeine, sugar and who knows what else.
I used to drink sometimes 10-15 cups a day while in the service. Now I drink about 5. Still ticking.

Cowellian July 16, 2017 at 10:58 AM

Back on the USS Ustafish, all sailors drank coffee, just coffee, without cream or sugar. If you wanted a cup-o-fluff, you should have joined the Air Force.

NewWorld July 16, 2017 at 11:41 AM

Never need a drink of any kind other than water to stay alert when killing the enemy in the middle east.
Never understood anyone drinking all that crap in the first place. .

Rick Shaw July 16, 2017 at 1:20 PM

All that coffee makes you pee too much.

Silva July 16, 2017 at 2:47 PM

I bet there are more worrying activities for vets besides having a cup of coffee.

RincePriebus July 17, 2017 at 11:48 AM

Well it shouldn’t be a problem in the Concord area, because there aren’t any coffee shops open after 7pm! 🙂 hint hint… somebody

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