[Homeroast] Coffee Lovers keep on drinking...

Bob Hazen peatmonster at comcast.net
Wed Feb 10 09:01:08 CST 2010

Phooey...  I was all set to buy another bottle of malt whisky and more 
beans.  And >then< you went and injected logic in to this!  ;-)



> "People drinking two or three cups were 40 percent less likely to have 
> alcoholic cirrhosis. For people who drank four or more cups of coffee a 
> day, there was an 80 percent reduction in risk. Researchers have no idea 
> what it is in coffee that offers the benefit."
> I can't help but wonder how the alcohol variable was controlled in this 
> study. Could it be that people who drink obnoxious amounts of coffee 
> simply drink less alcohol and thus are less likely to develop cirrhosis? 
> If so why? Could it be cultural? Perhaps the avid drinkers have found 
> their vice in life and thus have no need for alcohol.
> Another variable worth considering would be to consider the relationship 
> between income and alcohol consumption and compare that with the 
> relationship between income and coffee consumption. (Not that there is 
> any, I am just trying to think of possible third factors, income is 
> usually a good place to look because it determines a lot).
> Were these issues addressed in the article?
> Thanks for posting this- Brain Candy! Thinking about science and math is 
> always fun!
> -- 
> Ryan M. Ward

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