It was seven years ago today that I gave up caffeine cold turkey at the suggestion of friend. I was complaining to him that I had a lot of trouble sleeping and he noted how much soda I drank and thought giving up caffeine would help. I was on the wagon for nearly seven years and finally broke that streak back in November during NaNoWriMo.

I woke up this morning with a very hangover-like headache, which was odd since I was not drinking yesterday. I tried figuring out why I would have such a headache and I realized it was because I wasn’t drinking yesterday. I’d run out to get a Coca Cola in the morning and then hadn’t had any caffeine since, so that nearly 24-hours had passed. Of course, I like to be scientific about these things, so I set up an experiment. When I got into the office I stopped to get my usual Coca Cola. I took a sip, and within 60 seconds, the headache that had been pounding at me since I had awakened was gone.

If I had the will power I like to think I have, I would never have broke my streak in the first place. But having broken it, I have to say that an occasional caffeine headache is a small price to pay for the ability to drink Coca Cola from the fountain again.

Spoken like a true addict.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.