Normally I drink a reasonable amount of caffeine. I average between one and three sodas a day. I drink coffee, but it’s the decaffeinated kind; Coke is my caffeine delivery vehicle of choice.
But every August, I drop most caffeine sources. It’s not a total ban — I continue to drink decaffeinated coffee, which has some caffeine in it, and I eat chocolate — but it’s a substantial reduction. My friend John got me started on this some four years ago. It’s not something I absolutely need (says the junkie). I don’t have heart trouble that caffeine would exacerbate, and caffeine doesn’t have a huge effect on my sleep schedule. I do find it a useful counter to my tendency to drink ever-increasing amounts of soda as time goes on. The first two months after my one-month ban, I’ll drink one soda a day. Then I move to two, and then three. I don’t go much beyond three, though yesterday I had my usual complement of three cans of soda plus a glass or two at lunch. Clearly this is an exponential trend that, if left unchecked, would leave me with a ten-gallon-a-day habit by next year.
So far I have a mild headache. Experience tells me that that headache will reappear tomorrow as well, but that by Friday I’ll be fine. Really, as DTs go, this is as mild as it gets.