Your Brain On Beer vs Coffee [infographic]

February 18, 2014 |  by  |  Health, Lifestyle

Let’s just pretend that there aren’t already enough not wholly accurate metaphors that describe the college experience and try to entertain this one: getting your degree is like walking a tight rope with a beer in one hand and coffee in the other. Even if you don’t drink and aren’t that keen on coffee. Well you really don’t even have to be a college student either. The point I’m trying to make here is that there is a delicate balance concerning when to relax and when to get down to business.

This raises some interesting questions though. With the knowledge that we have about drugs like alcohol and caffeine, despite their drawbacks it seems that there is supposedly a way to responsibly maximize their benefits. If that’s true then it makes you wonder, are we missing our full potential by not taking the right drugs at the right time?

Well it would seem that way in theory, but there are plenty of people who are doing great things without the help. Then you have someone like Charles Bukowski. He was featured in an infographic last week about sleep habits and productivity. While being the latest to wake up every morning at noon (which even that seems a little early for him) he was also one of the more productive writers and a very committed alcoholic. There is a natural tension and release in life that can be intensified by drug use, but whether or not this is conducive to a more fruitful lifestyle is a very difficult question.



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  • Govardhandas

    According to survey beer and coffee giving more negative result for health and prone to addiction which no good for mental and body in long run.One should accept pure water for quenching thirst and cleaning the body. There is no need to use colognes, perfume, whiskey, beer, etc., which are all polluted manifestations of water.

    • Chris

      You must be fun at parties.

      • Deji

        He’s right and you know it.

  • Lia

    It is a proven medical scientific fact that 2-3 cups of coffee per day have many benefits. Among them, coffee drinkers suffer less depression, less Alzheimer’s Disease and it helps stave off type 2 diabetes.

    • mArco

      i don’t think you know what the term “scientific fact” means, do you?

  • Jake

    When taken in, controlled amounts, Beer can increase creativity of the mind. When Coffee is taken in nearly the same controlled amounts, it can increase the energy of the mind. Why not have both in controlled amounts? Beer+Coffee=Creativenergy :)

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  • Wayne Brett

    I always get great ideas when having a relaxing beer. I guess I need to focus on the coffee more to implement them.

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  • luna

    Conclusion: just make your coffee with bear instead of water and it’s a win-win.

    • erikc

      I really hope you mean beer, and not bear.

      • Lukas

        haha. A bear. Im just hoping he isent a teacher…

        • SXM365

          isent or isn’t?

  • BBakeca

    this is good because i love them bought!

    • Franske

      I understand you’d like them less when they’re still in the store…

  • Abdelmalek Boufenghour

    i like this post
    thank you

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  • Justin

    Both are very gud for health when you have mood for party that time enjoy beer otherwise coffee

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  • George

    Hemingway said it best; “Write drunk, edit sober.”

    I definitely agree that drinking a beer or two can help increase your creativity. In my case it absolutely gives me some great ideas.

    The next step is what really makes the difference though

    Are you going to get to work and at least start on your great idea, even by writing a minor piece about it in your phone so that you can work off that idea later.


    Are you going to get a 3rd beer, 4th beer, and a 5th beer to party all night with friends and forget about all those great ideas and just wait for someone else to put them to real life.

    If you really like to drink beer, drink it to your advantage.

  • Eden Nuganics

    Great concept

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