(cross posted to my livejournal)
Caffeine is a chemical in the Xanthine family - there are bunches of the little buggers out there if you know where to look. Those of us who are murderously addicted to these compounds can differentiate between the highs that come from coffee as opposed to tea or guarana for example. The Food n' Drug Administration might label them as "caffeine" but the rest of us know better.
A good dose of caffeine is like a fine wine, if you go for that sleeping crap. I'm not talking about a "robust, balanced cup of coffee" as opposed to a lousy, bitter one. When my head hurts, I don't really care about flavor. I care about how the sleep receptors in my brain are going to be jangled.
Why do I bring this up? My pal Cowboy_X sent me some Xmas goodies and they included a small "Energy Shot" in a two ounce bottle. It was labeled as caffeinated and I'd never tried such a beast, so I downed it without thinking. It was a spectacular moment in chemical history.
I can clearly remember the Olde Days when caffeine really worked on me. I can very clearly remember my first gorgeous cup of straight Jamaican Blue Mountain. I felt that way again today, for the first time in years.
I don't know if it was the incredibly dense dosage or the blend of chemicals, but I was clearer today than I have been in years.
I am totally going to abuse this stuff if I can get my hands on more.
This post should pretty much explain why I don't allow myself to really get into alcohol.