Americans are already subjected to enough conflicting health advice without hearing bogus claims that caffeine is an addictive drug [“Waking up to caffeine’s effect,” Health, Dec. 7].

I’m currently experiencing hockey “withdrawal” symptoms because of the NHL lockout, but Stanley-Cup-Deprivation-Disorder isn’t a real medical condition.

Roland Griffiths, the researcher responsible for this latest assault on common sense, ignores a well-regarded 1999 study that demonstrated that one-to-three cups of coffee per day had no effect on the region of the brain responsible for addiction.

If the definition of addiction continues to be stretched to its breaking point, it won’t be long before our children need prescription drugs to break their peanut-butter-sandwich habits.