Well a wild theory just popped into my mind, and it would explain this study, This is a very non reputable article in Huffinton post, I truly doubt the actual scientific papers writers would have gone so far as to say Coffee or caffeine caused the lower suicide rates, when they have absolutely no proof; just a statistical correlation between a group with lower incidence of suicide also enjoying coffee much more. Its a chicken or egg dilemma and any reputable scientific study would make mention of this. Either caffeine causes people to be less suicidal, or being less suicidal causes you to be more likely to drink coffee.
Strong coffee drinkers are a segment of the population that is probably less sensitive to drugs than average, for instance it takes a lot of coffee to effect their sleep, if it ever does, it probably takes a lot of alcohol to get them drunk, probably takes them higher doses of street drugs to get off. Well guess what, suicidal ideations are usually caused by excesses of brain neuro transmitter chemicals, what if these same insensitive to caffeine people are less sensitive to the effects of the brains neuro transmitter drugs that lead to suicidal psychosis or depression, hence less likely to become sick enough to consider suicide.
Non caffeine drinkers on the other hand are very sensitive to even mild stimulants like coffee, 1 cup and they start talking a mile a minute, have tons of energy, and can't get to sleep if their life depended on it. These people are what druggies call light weights, people who get high off just a very small amount of drugs or alcohol. What if they are lightweights also for the brains neurotransmitters that often lead to suicidal psychosis or depression.
This would explain exactly why the study data is what it is, and prove that coffee drinking had absolutely nothing to do with lowering suicide, but rather that people that are less likely to commit suicide, happen to be more likely not to have adverse overeactions to caffeine so they drink more of it, And that that more sensitive, more likely to consider suicide people have natural tendencies to be oversensitive to caffeine and not enjoy drinking it.
Obviously if my theory were true, and it is obviously just a theory, encouraging non caffeine drinkers to drink coffee to lower their suicide risk would be quite illogical and wrong.
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on Sat Jul 27, 2013 4:43 am, edited 1 time in total.
18 years ago I made one of the most important decisions of my life and entered a local Cambodian Buddhist Temple as a temple boy and, for only 3 weeks, an actual Therevada Buddhist monk. I am not a scholar, great meditator, or authority on Buddhism, but Buddhism is something I love from the Bottom of my heart. It has taught me sobriety, morality, peace, and very importantly that my suffering is optional, and doesn't have to run my life. I hope to give back what little I can to the Buddhist community that has so generously given me so much, sincerely former monk John