So there were a couple of threads recently (here and here ) that got me thinking about my "caffeine-free" lifestyle. It's odd, when my wife became pregnant with our first child, she needed to stop drinking caffeine (supposedly so the child would be calmer, but that's a load of crap). As a little bit of husbandly solidarity, I chose to stop caffeine as well. Heck, it's the least I could do, given as she really had the hard part of the whole pregnancy thing. That was about 5 years ago. And I haven't had a significant amount of caffeine since then - no caffeinated coffee, no Coke/Pepsi/Mountain Dew, etc. Sure, I get some moderate amounts of caffeine from "decaf" drinks - coffee or tea - as well as from chocolate, but that's about it. And I really don't miss it. But I'll tell you - I accidentally ordered a grande regular coffee a couple of weeks ago and sucked it down since I was thirsty. About 1/2-way through, I realized it was caffeinated. I had the shakes for about 3 hours. However, I've recently read some reports that seem to indicate some potential health benefits of caffeine and I wonder if I should rethink my "policy" on caffeine. Does anyone have any information on real pros and cons of caffeine and it's potential health impacts? Does anyone else avoid caffeine? Am I insane for doing this?