Which Profession Drinks the Most Java? Survey Reveals Coffee Addicts

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Coffee is the one (legal) vice that millions around the world cannot get enough of. In fact, for many, a cup of Joe is what it takes to survive the early hours of the day and to remain energetic throughout the work day. While most professionals have a cup of coffee in the morning, the U.K.-based press distribution company Pressat has found that some careers make people drink more coffee than others.

Specifically, in their recent survey, the company found that journalists, teachers, police officers, plumbers, and trade workers drink the most coffee than people working in all other trades. In fact, these professionals drink four to five cups more coffee a day. The top ten list of coffee drinkers included nurses and medical staff, company executives, and telesales workers – these employees drink three to four cups a day. The list, which was compiled after questioning 10,000 professionals, was further followed by retail staff and IT technical support, who reported drinking two to three cups of coffee a day.

The survey also found that 85 percent of the respondents stated that they drank at least three cups of coffee a day and a whopping 70 percent revealed that their work performance would be impacted if they did not consume their daily coffee. Additionally, 71 percent of those questioned admitted that they drink coffee for the caffeine and that taste and aroma were secondary and tertiary.

These findings are interesting from a sociological standpoint, but also informative from a health point of view too. There are many studies linking health risks with increased coffee intake. For instance, drinking more than four cups of coffee can increase blood pressure and lead to dehydration (especially if you do not drink any other liquids). Other studies have linked high caffeine consumption with diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke.

“People who consume caffeine regularly will become dependent on it — if you take caffeine away from them, they will function below par,” says Peter Rogers, professor of biological psychology at Bristol University, to Daily Mail. “They just don’t function normally without the drug on board. If it’s your first tea or coffee of the day, it gets you back to normal, but beyond that you don’t get much more of a kick.”

Rogers adds in his interview with the Daily Mail: “On balance, caffeine is not particularly helpful. It triggers withdrawal and increases your blood pressure, which is not a good thing.”

But that’s not to say drinking coffee is all bad. A previous study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that drinking a moderate level of coffee – which is between one to five cups a day – can help reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. A study earlier this year, led by Harvard School of Public Health, found that consuming more than one cup of coffee per day reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes by 17 percent. But perhaps most importantly, several studies, reports Eating Well magazine, have found heart benefits courtesy of the antioxidants found in the coffee.

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