A Californian man by the name of Joeseph Schwab has recently been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). The funny thing is, when he was tested, reports stated that there were no drugs in his system except for caffeine.
Wait… What are the details of this case!
The books of law are about to be clarified in America and bring to open the actual meaning of “don’t drink and drive” if a man named Joseph Schwab is sentenced for driving under the influence of caffeine. Traditionally, the term “drink” has been thought to refer to consuming alcohol, but this case ostensibly will annihilate the understanding.
According to confirmed information, Mr. Schwab was collared on 5th August 2015, after being pulled over by beverage control agent in California. He was then accused of driving under the influence of something which later came to be confirmed from lab reports to be caffeine. According to his attorney, the man underwent a breathalyzer test which indicated a 0.00% alcohol level in his blood. He then undertook a toxicology test whose report came back negative for all sorts of drugs. His blood sample was further screened in Pennsylvania only to confirm a single substance in his veins, caffeine.
The agent that made the arrest reportedly claimed that the man was driving erratically and sporadically cutting her off from the road. Eighteen months later, the only charge he is answering to is driving while impaired and funny enough impaired from caffeine in coffee he had consumed while driving.
So, the question is, can anyone be charged with DUI in California for merely taking caffeinated beverage? Believe it or not, the answer is a solid yes. According to California’s Vehicle Code section 23152(b), driving with blood alcohol level is 0.08% or more is illegal. While this section will not charge anyone who’s only taken caffeine for DUI, the preceding section 23152(a) will. According to the section, a person can be charged with DUI if they drive “under the influence” of alcohol and/or drugs. It is unclear about the nature of the drugs in respect to the legality aspects of the drugs. However, according to California’s jury interpretation, if a person consumes caffeine and it garbles their physical or mental functionality to a level that they are unable to drive with the caution and prudence of a sober-minded person, then they can be charged with DUI.
Caffeine in coffee is known to increase vigilance to most people. Nevertheless, to caffeine newbies, it might result in agitation, high blood pressure, hallucinations technically resulting in “under the influence” state.
Nonetheless, Mr. Schwab’s attorney has pleaded with the court to dismiss this case so that he can get back to normalcy. If the case pulls through and he is sentenced for DUI, Californians driving while bounded by coffee stops with it.
4 Things to Know About Caffeine
If you’re also a regular coffee drinker, you’re probably thinking, holy moly, can caffeine actually have a negative effect on my driving abilities? On the contrary, many experts feel that caffeine may actually help boost your capability behind the wheel.
And that’s not all. Here are more facts about caffeine that you may find surprising.
Light Roast vs Dark Roast – The Caffeine Content is Actually The Same
Many people believe lightly roasted coffee holds more caffeine than darkly roasted coffee because the beans are exposed to less heat. But you may be surprised to know that the caffeine content in a single coffee bean is actually the same regardless of whether it’s light roasted or dark.
For the ordinary coffee drinker, yes, light roasted coffee will provide more caffeine (albeit barely noticeable) than dark roasted coffee. But this is because light roasted beans are smaller than their dark counterparts. Most passionate coffee drinkers will weigh their coffee, and if you’re one of them, then you’ll find that the caffeine content is actually the same.
Caffeine Might Be More Effective in the Afternoon
The most common time to take caffeine is in the morning. Most of us need that kick to snap us out of our post-sleep drowsiness. But this not only provides reduced benefits but can also increase your body’s caffeine tolerance.
Caffeine’s energizing properties stems from the fact that it triggers the release of cortisol, a hormone responsible for keeping us alert. And many experts agree that our cortisol production is already at its peak at 8-9 am or during the first half an hour after you wake up. Taking coffee during this period can seriously diminish its effects.
Instead, it’s recommended that you take caffeine in the afternoon where your cortisol levels are lower.
It Could Improve Athletic Performance
This is still an area of much debate. But the general consensus is that although caffeine may not effect a high-intensity, short-term routine, it could enhance performance in longer, endurance-based regimes. And it can help burn more fat during workouts.
How is this? Well, our body utilizes two primary sources of fuel for energy. The main one is glycogen, and the second is fat stored in our body. Caffeine encourages the use of more fat instead of glycogen, delaying glycogen depletion and hence prolonging exercise.
It Temporarily Boosts Brain Power
Caffeine is a natural stimulant. It increases mental focus and concentration by preventing us from feeling drowsy. Here’s how.
When our body feels like our brain needs a break, it releases chemicals known as adenosine which is responsible for feelings of sleepiness. By doing so, it reduces brain activity in order let it rest. Caffeine prevents this, keeping you alert for a longer period of time.
But note that you’re essentially overclocking your brain and drinking too much can have minor to severe side effects. Always include time off in your caffeine intake routine to get the best benefits.