We all know the people who “work hard, play hard” — which is a fun way of saying they drink alcohol all night and feel it does not impact their abilities the next morning.
And we all know the people who can drink coffee/caffeine all day and say it doesn’t affect their ability to sleep at night.
But, did you ever think to count up just how many people you know in each category? Or both categories?
According to a recent study commissioned by DrugGenius.com, millions of people around the country are fueling the workday with coffee and taking the edge off in the evenings with alcohol.
In New Jersey, we do it better than most others.
The survey found that 32% of the average New Jerseyan’s daily fluid intake is made up of booze and caffeine — above the national average of 30%.
Let’s be clear, studies such as these are not always the most scientific in nature. The numbers around New Jersey, however, are noteworthy. Consider:
- Almost half of the respondents (48%) consider themselves “booze fit” — those who appear unfazed by hangovers despite having just a few hours’ sleep;
- Approximately 1 in 10 drinkers who consume alcohol regularly also believe that an increased alcohol tolerance strengthens their body, which may explain why so many consider themselves “booze fit”;
- Nearly half (47%) of those surveyed who work long hours said having an alcoholic drink at the end of the day helps them relax and take the edge off after a difficult day;
- Over one in three (37%) say they deem alcohol and coffee as essential purchases in their weekly shopping.
Perhaps this isn’t surprising.
Alcohol has been a part of American culture since its beginning. And the coffee culture is so prevalent, nearly half of all drinking establishments in some locations are now coffee shops.
While numerous studies have revealed the health benefits of coffee, and others argue that alcoholic drinks such as wine can be good for the body, a diet lacking in sufficient water can lead to headaches, fatigue, dull skin, weight gain and sluggish bowel function.
That’s not the only price to pay.
The study showed the average drinker spends a fairly substantial amount per year ($947) on hangover comfort food and coffees.
And the love of booze is so profound, the average drinker could gain an additional 13 pounds based solely on their alcohol input.
While all alcohol can lead to a plethora of health problems, too much caffeine can also lead to anxiety and dehydration.
Does all of this sound too familiar?
If it does — and you’re looking to make a change — consider these five alternatives, provided by officials at DrugGenius.com.
We’ll admit, none of them sound as appealing as coffee and booze.
- Tetracitrene: It is a non-hemp-derived cannabinoid and naturally occurring compound made from citrus peels that provide a quick burst of focus, which kicks in within just 20-30 minutes. It also provides sustainable energy, sharpens concentration and plays a role in appetite control to promote weight loss.
- Mushroom coffee: Using 100% pure, high-quality and organic mushroom extracts, mushroom coffee is scientifically proven to yield important health benefits. Mushroom coffees contain no grains or starch fillers, just pure cordyceps mushrooms, which offer important health benefits like improved function, better cardiovascular health and higher physical performance.
- Electrolyte drinks: They are a great alternative to caffeine, as they hydrate the body and directly provide nutrients such as sodium, potassium, glucose and B vitamins to your bloodstream. Sugar-free electrolytes contain essential vitamins, provide faster hydration than drinking water alone and significantly boosts energy levels.
- Ashwagandha: Also known as “winter cherry,” it (when combined with black pepper) can help relieve stress-related anxiety, promote thyroid health and foster mental well-being. Ashwagandha is an ayurvedic adaptogen rich in compounds called alkaloids that can help calm the brain, sharpen cognition, promote thyroid health, lower blood pressure and strengthen the immune system.
- Chicory: The root can be roasted, ground and brewed like traditional coffee beans. Aside from tasting similar to coffee, it is free of caffeine and is a good source of inulin, which helps digestion and supports a healthy gut.