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Coffee: The Drug We Hate to Love

Posted July 17, 2014, at 11:28 a.m.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Location: Southwest Harbor Public Library, 338 Main Street, Southwest Harbor, Maine

For more information: 207-244-7065; swharbor.lib.me.us

Murray Carpenter, author of the new book, Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us, will be at Southwest Harbor Public Library Tuesday evening, July 29, 5:30pm.

The most popular drug in America is a white powder. This is caffeine in its most essential state. Caffeinated reveals the little-known truth about this addictive, largely unregulated drug found in coffee, energy drinks, teas, colas, chocolate, and even pain relievers.

Mr. Carpenter will discuss why caffeine has such a powerful effect on everything from boosting our mood to improving our athletic performance as well as how and why brands such as Coca-Cola have ducked regulatory efforts for decades. The discussion will include the differences in the various ways caffeine is delivered to the body, how it is quietly used to reinforce our buying patterns, and how it can play a role in promoting surprising health problems like obesity and anxiety. Drawing on the latest research, Caffeinated brings us the inside perspective that the studies on well-known addictive ingredients like salt, sugar and fat have overlooked.

Murray Carpenter is an author and freelance journalist, who focuses on science and environmental stories. He has worked as a radio reporter for Maine Public Broadcasting Network and as a newspaper reporter for Maine Times and The Republican Journal. As a freelancer, he has reported on caffeine-related stories for the New York Times, Wired Magazine, National Geographic, NPR, and PRI’s The World. He has also written for the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, and other media outlets. He holds a degree in psychology from the University of Colorado and an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, and has worked as a medical lab assistant in Ohio, a cowboy in Colombia, a farmhand in Virginia, and an oil-exploring “juggie” in Wyoming. He lives in Belfast, Maine.

There will be a book signing after his talk. For more information, call the Library at 244-7065.

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