A recent study found that heavy drinking among Americans rose by 17.2 percent between 2005 and 2012. To make matters worse, people consume more in a shorter period of time. Binging is up almost 9 percent.
No one can argue the benefits of moderate alcohol consumption – it reduces the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and even dementia. But excessive drinking can only cause harm. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines it as having more than four drinks a night or more than eight a week. A report from 2014 found 54 direct and indirect ways – from car crashes to depression and cirrhosis – in which alcohol may lead to death.
No one can argue that coffee has its benefits either – it wakes you up, increases alertness and helps you stay focused. The problem is that when people drink too much of it – or more than 3-4 cups a day. The safe amount for most healthy adults is 300-400mg a day, which is equivalent to two 5-Hour Energy shots, one Starbucks Venti brewed coffee, and 2.5 16 fl. oz. Monster energy drinks. Anything more than that can lead to arrhythmia, chest pain and even death, he adds. A study has linked caffeine overdose to panic attacks.
In some ways coffee and alcohol cancel each other out. Research has shown that high coffee intake was associated observationally with low risk of obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes. This is not to say that you should drink more alcohol because you can’t “fix” the problem with caffeine. Both have too many other negative effects that outweigh the benefits.