[Homeroast] Coffee Lovers keep on drinking...

John and Emma jehorchik at gmail.com
Wed Feb 10 10:09:21 CST 2010


Like Ryan,

The first thing I thought about was how they did the experiment, where, what
were the controls and on what or who?

John H.


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"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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> From: laurajcarey at gmail.com
> To: homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
> Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2010 01:40:59 -0800
> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Coffee Lovers keep on drinking...
> 
> Coffee Lovers, keep on drinking
> 
>  
> 
> I found this little tid-bit of information that you will all find
> interesting.
> 
>  
> 
> 
> Coffee Protects Liver 
> 
> 
> Drinking coffee might protect against the progressive liver damage that
> results from excess drinking and alcoholism. Consuming coffee seems to
offer
> a protective benefit against alcoholic cirrhosis, and the more coffee a
> person consumes the less risk they seem to have of dying from alcoholic
> cirrhosis. People drinking one cup of coffee a day were 20 percent less
> likely to have alcoholic cirrhosis. 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.
> 
>  
> 
> Laura
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