Coffee drinkers: at what age did you start drinking coffee?

@nixxi76 (3191)
Canada
May 25, 2010 8:33am CST
My two stepkids ages nine and eleven drink coffee. I don't like this because I think they are too young to do so. I don't believe it stunts your growth but what I do believe is that it introduces the body to addiction. Not only that but my coffee cream doesn't last long lol. What age did you start drinking coffee? Would you allow your children to drink coffee?
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• Philippines
16 Jun 10
I started drinking coffee when I was three years old. When I was born our family was struggling, instead of milk my mother gave me coffee, just to warm my stomach. It is not a good thing, but my parents do not have a choice. Maybe that is the reason why I become addicted to it. I don’t blame my parent, I love coffee very much. I started to become addicted at the age of thirteen when I started to be in highschool. Those were the days when I have to stay up late to study. And then the rest is history. If you will ask me do not give your child a coffee until they reach 16, so that to avoid them from being addicted to it.
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@harips (106)
• India
25 May 10
I drink coffee rarely in a day.I usually prefer tea rather than the coffee.Since i read in an article that over usage of coffee will affect your health and will produce excess fat in the body.i m not sure about the truthfulness of this but i will prefer not to use coffee much even though not avoiding it completely.So i suggest you people to reduce the amount of coffee you consume and it will do good.be in mind that over consumption of anything is harmful to health
@nixxi76 (3191)
• Canada
26 May 10
Thanks you both for your replies and happy mylotting to you. Karen, I heard from a few sources that tea is loaded with caffeine and it carries way more than coffee. They have Tim Hortons and Starbucks here and I love Timmies!
@karen1969 (1779)
25 May 10
I drink tea during the day at home, as I prefer the taste and I think it has less caffeine in than coffee. When I am out though, I do like going to Starbucks or Costa Coffee to try one of their special coffees, but only as a treat every couple of months. I love Chai Latte and the Gingerbread one they do sometimes.
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• Atlantic City, New Jersey
25 May 10
We grew up very poor so in the mornings we ate what the adults ate- coffee and bread usually before school. I can't say that i started drinking coffe on my own regularly till about 30 years of age.
@nixxi76 (3191)
• Canada
26 May 10
Thanks for your reply, happy mylotting
@neildc (17239)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
25 May 10
i saw one discussion earlier i responded which asked what was the first discussion that i made. i cannot recall what was that discussion of mine that i created first after joining mylot. and that was only two to three years ago. so this could be more difficult for me to recall at what age i start drinking coffee. but i am sure, my parents never let kids at younger age to drink coffee.
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@nixxi76 (3191)
• Canada
26 May 10
My parents would never let my brothers and I drink coffee at a younger age either. Thanks for your reply, Happy Mylotting
@lady1993 (27225)
• Philippines
25 May 10
I think I started when I was 12 or 13..I was just so curious as to how it tastes..and I really liked it..I even mixed in my KoKo crunch..But I don't really drink coffee on a regular basis..and i don't think children should be allowed to drink coffee...
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@nixxi76 (3191)
• Canada
26 May 10
It's funny you say that about your koko crunch with coffee because my son's babysitter uses his cereal milk and adds it to her coffee. I was kind of grossed out to hear that she did this because all the back wash from the cereal and stuff but all the power to her lol. I don't think my step children should be drinking coffee either Thanks for your reply, happy mylotting
• United States
25 May 10
I didn't start to drink coffee until I was 15 I can still remember it. It was Thanksgiving day and my dad made me my first cup of coffee and over the years I have made it sweeter than I should. My boys will not be allowed to drink coffee until they are 15 or older and my husband has no say so. But I will give boys a sip if they have chest congestion it seems to clear it up.
@nixxi76 (3191)
• Canada
26 May 10
I heard that if a person has asthma, and they drink a cup of black coffee with nothing else in it but just black coffee, it opens their lungs and they can breath again. So I can see how giving your boys a sip would help them with their chest congestion. Thanks for your reply, happy mylotting
@mtdewgurl74 (18151)
• United States
26 May 10
I started drinking coffee at 15 when I was in high school..I needed something to help jump start my brain...and it isn't much different then pop some let their kids drink..both are stimulates. If I had children I would let them drink coffee at the same age I started.. but not alot..and only small cups not mugs of it..I would limit the creamer and sugar..and maybe tell them if they feel they are old enough to drink it that they are old enough to pay for the creamer. I only drunk one cup a day..still do drink one, maybe 2 cups a day..depending on how sluggish my brain is feeling..it can help in waking ya up..but can have a downside..a few hours later when the caffeine,sugar rush comes off..can make them actually feel tired.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18151)
• United States
26 May 10
Yep, I do hope that works for you...depending on the creamer..they can get it cheaper then a bottle of pop nowadays..My mom did that especially with my brother who thought he needed 6-7 teaspoons or more to make a cup of coffee..and a ton of sugar..lol..me I am simple..1 tablespoon..and a teaspoon of sugar..and if your worried about the caffeine..there is always the option of giving them decaffeinated or even mix it with the regular coffee..my mom does that for my stepdad since he isn't supposed to have the caffeine.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18151)
• United States
26 May 10
Thanks for the best response Nixxi76 I really appreciate it..Have a great day!
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@nixxi76 (3191)
• Canada
26 May 10
That is a great idea and I think I might do it. Tell the kids to buy their own creamer so they're not always drinking all of mine. Thanks for your reply, happy mylotting
@TexLadyPj (1328)
• United States
25 May 10
Ooops, Had to come back to the front and answer the question. I didn't drink coffee until I was an adult. I remember my Grandmother made a water and milk mixture so I thought I was drinking tea with the adults. I agree with children not drinking coffee and I have a couple of health reasons. Coffee has caffeine and acid. I realize that cola sodas also have caffeine. I think children should be restricted on caffeine also.
@nixxi76 (3191)
• Canada
26 May 10
I think my step children should be restricted from caffenine as well but their mother doesn't think so. Who am I to step in and clarify this? It will only cause a fight because she is not so civilized when it comes to my relationship with my hubby. Thanks for your reply happy mylotting
@marguicha (216841)
• Chile
20 Oct 11
When I was a child, my breakfast was a cup of coffeee with milk and a piece of bread with butter or jam. It did not srunt my growth (1.72m is not bad for a woman) and as for addictions, I think I´m the kind of person that gets addicted to many things. Right now, it´s mylot
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@nixxi76 (3191)
• Canada
20 Oct 11
I've been with mylot for a number of years now and it's on and off for me. I guess I go through my phases with it. As long as you're having fun and enjoy it then that's great!
@marguicha (216841)
• Chile
20 Oct 11
I love addictions! I am addicted to reading, writing, cooking, gardening, talking, mylotting, watching CSIs, you name it. Enjoy is the name of the game.
• United States
25 May 10
My mom says when I was like two I would get on the table and drink any coffee left in the bottom of the cups! Then my daddy and I used to have coffee together on the weekend nights while we stayed up and watched movies all night. I guess that started when I was about 10 or so! My kids started drinking coffee as early as they wanted too. And my nephew used to drink what was left in my cup when he was about 18 months old. I'd turn around and my coffee would be gone!
@nixxi76 (3191)
• Canada
26 May 10
Wow you sure started early. Thanks for your reply, happy mylotting
@Baluyadav (3643)
• India
25 May 10
hi,my parents had a habit of drinking coffee in the morning and Tea in the evening.I had a sweet memories still of when my mom asked to seve coffee/Tea in a up to my father from kitchen....i used to have a sip from that out of curiousity... But my mom offerto drink coffee when i was [completed 10+2 studies]@17 years age...
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@nixxi76 (3191)
• Canada
26 May 10
seventeen isn't too bad it's almost adult years. I think 16 and younger is not an appropriate age to be drinking coffee. Thanks for your reply, happy mylotting
@brylle454 (606)
• Philippines
25 May 10
I just started drinking coffee last year since my uncle advise me to drink coffee before working out. I frequently go to the gym to work out and coffee serves as an energy drink.
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@nixxi76 (3191)
• Canada
26 May 10
Yes it definitly serves as an energy drink. Thanks for your reply, happy mylotting
• United States
25 May 10
I didn't start drinking coffee until I was in my twenties, and my kids came down with chicken pox. After six weeks of sick kids, I was exhausted! Coffee was just enough of a boost to get me through the day.
@nixxi76 (3191)
• Canada
26 May 10
I would have to say that being in your twenties and beginning to drink coffee is a great age. Thanks for your reply, happy mylotting
@sunnyp1 (60)
• Ireland
25 May 10
I didn't start drinking coffee until I was in my late teens. I think you are right that it's not a good idea for kids that are very young. After decades of dependency I have finally managed to kick my coffee habit (2 weeks and counting) and I feel a lot better and healthier. It does seem to me that coffee is addictive!
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@nixxi76 (3191)
• Canada
26 May 10
Well the way I see it, if you feel like you can't function in the mornings without it and feel like I do .. then you're addicted. I crave it and have to have it and it's in my daily routines now. I am going to try decaf and see if I notice a difference because I'm not sure what it is I'm liking the most.. the taste or the caffeine. So I think a little experimenting is in order. Thanks for your reply, happy mylotting
• Ireland
26 May 10
Hope you enjoy experimenting. I used a barley based drink as a substitute instead of decaf because when I tried to give up using decaf I never lasted. I hope you have better luck with it than me!!
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@carmelanirel (20942)
• United States
25 May 10
I started when I was in my 20's, but my first three children did try it at a young age, probably around your children's age. And they would drink it occasionally throughout their teen years..They say drinking coffee while still growing will stunt your growth, but my son is over 6 feet and my one daughter is an inch or two taller than I am..The other daughter,however is 3 inches shorter than myself.. So whether this is true or not I don't know, maybe all my children would have been taller, like my 6 foot son would have an extra inch or two if he didn't drink it.. I think as long as they don't get addicted, drinking it every day and getting withdraws when they don't get it, they should be ok..
• United States
26 May 10
I don't know where it came from, but someone probably started it hoping to keep kids from wanting to drink it..Maybe back in pioneer time when coffee was a luxury, to allow children this expensive treat was not something they would do..
@yugasini (12836)
• Anantapur, India
27 May 10
hi nixxi, now a days most of the people and children are drinking tea and coffee,i have not remembered when i have started drinking coffee,from the child hood onwards i am drinking coffee and tea,but instead of coffee they are drinking boost,horlicks and other drinks,have a nice day
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@nixxi76 (3191)
• Canada
27 May 10
I've never heard of horlicks before? They give boost to elders that don't really eat anymore due to losing their appitites. Thanks for your reply, Happy Mylotting
@yugasini (12836)
• Anantapur, India
28 May 10
hi nixxi, thanks for the response,here in India ,children are mostly drinking Energy drinks ,as said before boost,horlicks,bournvita,maltova , milo and complan but out of that Horliks,boost,bournvita and complan are having good sales,what about in your country,have a nice day
@o0jopak0o (6394)
• Philippines
17 Jun 10
well i didnt drink coffee till i was in highschool maybe 15-17. I think its bad for to start really young because youll be dependent to it more.
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@nixxi76 (3191)
• Canada
17 Jun 10
That's so true! Thanks for your reply, happy mylotting
@TrvlArrngr (4045)
• United States
28 May 10
I was about 12 years old when I started drinking it. I had to have a pot of coffee ready for my mom for when she got home from work. I learned how to make it and then started having a cup, then 2 and then I was hooked. I love it and cannot go a day without it.
@nixxi76 (3191)
• Canada
30 May 10
It took me about a year to get really hooked on coffee, I work nightshifts and the girls go on coffee runs at around three or four in the morning and they would buy me a coffee all the time from Tim Hortons. Yes the aroma is irresistable and it's so delicious! Thanks for your replies, Happy Mylotting
• Boston, Massachusetts
29 May 10
Hi T, You started early. But i can't blame you. The aroma is irresistable...once you tried it you will really be hooked on it. my doctor adviced me not to have anymore coffee as it's not good for my reflux but i can't help it. i still consume two cups of coffee everyday from four to five cups.
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@camomile07 (1420)
• Germany
16 Jun 10
In my case, I started at the age of fourteen and now I am addicted to coffee. But it doesn't worry me because I usually tended to low blood pressure since I was a child. So coffee helped me in my case. Further to kids, I also have to children and sometimes they ask me for a cup of coffee when they see that I am preparing one for my husband and me. What I do in that case is, instead of denying the usage of coffee to them, I prepare another drink based on cereales which is natural and has got a similar taste to coffee. But the side effects are not the same. So they think that they are drinking coffee and are happy.
@nixxi76 (3191)
• Canada
16 Jun 10
What we don't see won't hurt us. That's a great idea to do for your kids Thanks for your reply, happy mylotting
@Jacobus1919 (1683)
• Philippines
25 May 10
I actually started drinking coffee at the age of 13. I started drinking coffee because of school work that was a pain to do. But, the good news was I was never addicted to coffee. But, now a days I drink energy drinks to battle those nights when I need to study for long exams in Med school. If the time comes that I will have kids, I do not see any harm if my kids want to drink coffee. As long as, they are at the right age, say 14 or above.
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@nixxi76 (3191)
• Canada
26 May 10
Thanks for your reply, happy mylotting
• Philippines
26 May 10
No problem. I like coffee but my girlfriend loves it more.