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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