Sure we drink lots of coffee over here at SFL because we’re bored, it makes us “edgy” at depositions, and because many judges and senior partners prattle on and we would fall asleep otherwise, but apparently it has other positive attributes as well:
Probably the most important effects of caffeine are its ability to enhance mood and mental and physical performance. At consumption levels up to 200 milligrams (the amount in about 16 ounces of ordinary brewed coffee), consumers report an improved sense of well-being, happiness, energy, alertness and sociability . . . .
Millions of sleep-deprived Americans depend on caffeine to help them make it through their day and drive safely. The drug improves alertness and reaction time. In the sleep-deprived, it improves memory and the ability to perform complex tasks.
For the active, caffeine enhances endurance in aerobic activities and performance in anaerobic ones, perhaps because it blunts the perception of pain and aids the ability to burn fat for fuel instead of its carbohydrates.
Hmm, I can’t say much about enhanced endurance but “an improved sense of well-being, happiness, energy, alertness, and sociability” are all the things I currently drink gin for.
To those of you on your ninth cup, I say “drink up”! I’m ordering a cafecito as we speak….