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Could your morning coffee save your life?

Luke O'Neill


Large-scale study shows drinking coffee lowers the risk of dying as well as improving your memory

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I don’t know about you, but a nice cup of coffee jump-starts the day for me — and I’m not alone. Coffee is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive substance, meaning a substance that has an effect on your brain. Coffee is a stimulant, making us more alert. It’s why we drink it, although some of us drink it because we like the flavour.

The global coffee shop industry is estimated at €170bn, bigger than any other sector in catering, even McDonald’s. In the US and Europe, around one billion cups of coffee are drunk every day. If an alien came to Earth and observed us, they might well conclude that we are slaves to the brown liquid, given the amount of it we consume.


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