Drinking Too Much Coffee Can Make you Hear Voices, Warn La Trobe University Scientists

Published: Jun 07, 2011

In an experiment, volunteers who had consumed ‘high levels’ of caffeine thought they were listening to Bing Crosby singing White Christmas even though the song was not being played. The researchers described caffeine as ‘the most commonly used psychoactive drug’. They said the study showed that the health risks of too much coffee need to be addressed. In the tests, 92 volunteers were asked to listen to a constant fuzzy sound known as white noise. Professor Simon Crowe, of La Trobe University in Melbourne, said: ‘We also told them that within the white noise there may be parts of the song White Christmas and if you hear it, press a button.

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