Though Murad IV banned tobacco, alcohol and coffee, some say he consumed all three and his death was the result of alcohol poisoning. Adam Cole/NPR hide caption toggle caption Adam Cole/NPR The Salt Drink Coffee? Off With Your Head! January 17, 2012 By now, many New Year's resolvers are finding out how difficult it is to give up caffeine. History brims over with coffee-lovers who couldn't bring themselves to quit the bean — even when they faced decapitation.