Caffeine has become ubiquitous in our daily lives, and as busy expats who don’t often get the amount of sleep we’d like, we often rely on multiple caffeinated drinks to keep us going throughout the day.

But it’s not just us; globally humans drink just under 2.5 billion cups of coffee per day. You can do the math, that’s around one cup for every two to three people on Earth every single day! Coffee sales each year worldwide exceed $70 billion, and that doesn’t count caffeinated sodas and energy drinks. Check out these three infographics below for more:

There’s no doubt that any regular caffeine user knows of the obvious positive affects it can have on one’s life. Caffeine makes you more alert, increases your energy levels and can make concentration on a single task easier. Regular consumption has also shown to even reduce the risk for Parkinson’s disease and can help ward off Type-2 diabetes for people with regular blood sugar levels. However, as we all know, consumption of any substance beyond moderation can have adverse affects. In the case of caffeine, the drug can make you anxious, nervous and irritable. The surge of energy can make your muscles irregularly twitch and cause an excited heart rate. Sleeplessness and headaches may also affect those who consume beyond the 300-400mg per day threshold.

For those of you who are now wondering how much caffeine is in their favorite daily beverage, a website called energyfiend.com has published a database consisting of the caffeine content of over 500 common drinks. Click here to find your favorite.

If you consume between 500-600mg of caffeine on a daily basis, you are considered to be a heavy user. This week, take an inventory of your habits and see if you can lower your level of consumption. If you’re successful, there’s no doubt you’ll reap the positive benefits in the future.

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