Beer or Coffee: Which One Should You Drink? [Infographic]

When it comes to cultural history and beverage development, you’ll be hard pressed to find two drinks that had a bigger impact on humankind than beer and coffee.

Both have been a part of our civilization for centuries, intertwined with (and sometimes responsible) for our health and economic development. Both are consumed in staggering quantities by nearly every country in the world. Some quick statistics:

  • 54 percent of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee everyday.
  • 50 billion pints of beer are consumed in the U.S. every year.
  • The average coffee drinker spends $164.71 on the beverage annually.
  • U.S. beer revenue is approximately $196 billion annually.

What’s interesting about our obsession with these two beverages is that both have the ability to alter our mental state, and neither are really that good for hydration (which is the usual reason to drink something).

Upon first sip of beer or coffee, chemical reactions instantly begin to fire off in our brains. The only difference is, one mellow us out for a moment (before dragging our focus and memory down with it), while the other boost energy and ability to focus (before making us anxious and jittery). In moderation, however, both can be great for getting the creative juices flowing and boosting productivity. The infographic below has more interesting facts about beer and coffee–including which you should drink, and when.

Infographic via Visually

Collages images via Thinkstock

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Xenia Politaeva
Xenia Politaevaabout a year ago

We have no nice beer in Russia....May be in Germany?))))

Jessica Grieshaber

Both LOL

Oleg Kobetz
Oleg Kobetz1 years ago

Thank you

Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla1 years ago


Tom Rose
Thomas Rose1 years ago

Really interesting and informative.

Tanya W.
Tanya W.1 years ago

Coffee please.

Natasha Salgado
Natasha Salgado1 years ago

I do like a beer from time to time but i'd def pick coffee...but wine over coffee!

Barb Hansen
Barb Hansen1 years ago

i really don't like coffee, but if my first break at work could be beer, i would then go for coffee afterward. i should send this to my boss!

Lloyd H.
Lloyd H.1 years ago

Let me see a depressant that is the single most dangerous, addictive and costly( medically, legally, socially) that more people die detoxing from than even heroin or coffee. Gee I think I'll pick coffee.
Just wondering was it the NBWA(National Beer Wholesalers Association) or the BA(Brewers Association) that donated product for this article.

Silas Garrett
Silas Garrett1 years ago

Do I have to decide?