May 222014

Do you have a strong need to keep drinking coffee? Scientists are warning about the effects of being addicted to caffeine – the stimulant found in coffee.
In 6 Minute English, Rob and Finn talk about the dangers of drinking too much coffee, and look at some language associated with addictions.

Which country drinks the most coffee per person? Is it:
a) Egypt
b) Finland
c) Italy


6 Minute English - Coffee addiction

Vocabulary and definitions
addict: someone who likes doing a particular activity very much and they can’t stop doing it
consuming: eating or drinking something
in moderation: (here) not drinking too much
aroma: pleasant smell
caffeine: natural substance found in tea and coffee that makes you feel awake
stimulant: substance that makes you feel more awake when you eat or drink it
psychoactive drug: a drug that affects how a person feels and sometimes how they behave
insomnia: medical condition where you are unable to sleep
indigestion: a pain in your stomach when it can’t process the food you have just eaten
high blood pressure: blood flowing around your body at a higher pressure than is normal
lethargic: having little energy
withdrawal symptoms: physical and mental effects of stopping doing a regular activity

6 Minute English – Coffee addiction Transcript Video


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