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

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

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Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.


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1:59AM PDT on Jul 13, 2014

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

7:02AM PDT on Apr 26, 2014

Both LOL

3:44AM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

Thank you

11:26AM PDT on Mar 24, 2014


8:49AM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

Really interesting and informative.

4:48AM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

Coffee please.

11:44AM PDT on Mar 23, 2014

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

8:23AM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

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!

6:56AM PDT on Mar 19, 2014

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.

10:36AM PDT on Mar 17, 2014

Do I have to decide?

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They are popular here in London. I like them but they are pretty expensive. "Ordinary" fruit and veg…

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Good information. I go to the one in my area. Thanks


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