Coffee drinkers use less drugs
Coffee withdrawal won't lead to any Trainspotting-style ceiling baby hallucinations, but it is a helluva drug to quit because it hits the same opiod receptors as illicit substances like cocaine. Joseph recounted a Brazilian study that linked higher coffee consumption to lower inner city drug use based on the fact that coffee lowers the chemical cravings the mind associates with harder drugs. Meanwhile handing a drug user a cup of tea is roughly as effective as a speech from McGruff the Crime Dog.
Alertness can save lives
By weight tea leaves actually contain more caffeine than coffee beans, but in its drinkable form coffee has three times as much caffeine thanks to higher brewing ratios. That added energy boost isn't just morning-saving, but can also be life-saving.
“I find it interesting that every time there is a major accident like a train wreck, the first thing investigators look for is the presence of drugs and sleeping pills. But what about all those accidents that didn't happen, simply because the operators were fully alert due to coffee? Do we really want that 18-wheel truck driver on the road "relaxed" because he drank tea all day, or fully alert because he drank Starbucks earlier and was able to avoid piling into a school bus?” says Joseph.
Sign up here for our daily Thrillist email, and get your fix of the best in food/drink/fun.
Dan Gentile is a staff writer at Thrillist. His colon is in great shape, and he doesn't expect to pile into a school bus anytime soon. Follow him to coffee bean smiley faces at @Dannosphere.