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Graphic: Which Professions Drink the Most Coffee?


Journalists and media professionals win top honors among the careers most dependent on that morning (and afternoon, and evening) buzz. Did your job make the list?

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Can’t get out of bed without the promise of a steaming hot cup of coffee, or seven? You might be a journalist! Out of the careers most dependent on caffeine to get through the work day, journalists (or “media professionals”) top the list, according to a survey by UK-based firm Pressat. Coming in second are cops, followed by teachers. See infographic below to find out if your job makes the list.

But even if it doesn’t, you’re in good company. It seems most of the work force is powered by caffeine. Of the 10,000 professionals included in the survey, 85% said they drink at least three cups of coffee a day, and nearly 70% said they couldn’t work to their full potential without at least one cup. And 62% were not aware of the health risks of coffee (there are health risks?) like possible strokes, and increased anxiety.

That being said, coffee is pretty great: It tastes good. It keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. And for those of us in recovery, it contains caffeine—a drug that you can be heavily addicted to while still cashing in on all the benefits (and external validation) of sobriety. But most importantly, it helps you stay awake at your job, even when you stayed up all night “socializing” (watching Netflix).

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