Which is more harmful, coffee, coke or alcohol?

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Alcohol has lots of bad effects, but most of that either references its addictive properties or its overuse. Yet, it seems to be well established that moderate alcohol consumption is healthier than either excessive consumption or no alcohol.
We’ve all seen the back and forth studies on the effects of caffeine, it’s good for you, no it’s bad for you, no it’s good… on and on. I personally think the benefits of moderate caffeine intake outweigh the bad.
Both coffee and Coke contain caffeine, so what is the difference between coffee and coke? The amount of sugar. Even if you take two or three lumps of sugar in your coffee, you do not approach the amount in coke. A 12-ounce can of regular Coke contains 39 grams of total sugar, which is about 9 1/3 teaspoons of sugar.
Excess sugar is finally being exposed as much more dangerous than previously thought. It used to be we were warned off fat. Now we know it’s not as bad as previously thought, and not nearly as bad as excess sugar. Moderate use of caffeine or alcohol would probably not be harmful to most humans, but even ONE Coke contains more refined sugar than a human should consume in an entire day.That makes Coca-cola the winner as the most harmful by far.
Heather Spruill
Up to no good, probably.
172w ago
So the question is really comparing alcohol with caffeine.
The harmful effects caused by either one depend on the amount of consumption as well as the pattern of consumption over time. Based on normal, single servings of both, they’re both pretty much equally innocuous.
I’d say that of the two, alcohol can be more harmful in excess in that it is easier to over-use, impairs judgment in ways that can be dangerous to the user and others, and can cause dependency and progressive damage over time in a way that caffeine doesn’t.
Michael J. McFadden
Has read and written widely about secondary smoke and smoking bans.
172w ago
Coffee contains caffeine, which is a mild stimulant and pretty much totally harmless for most people unless really taken to excess (i.e. … hmm… I dunno… maybe more than ten cups a day?) Regular Coke has caffeine too, though not as much, BUT it also has a LOT of sugar. Having even two or three a day has been argued to be harmful, and having six a day probably would be.
ANY alcohol is carcinogenic, “no safe level.” But it’s a fairly mild carcinogen. And even one or two drinks could increase your chance of a fatal accident (not just in driving, but in falling down some stairs, stepping off a curb in front of a speeding Batmobile, etc).
Moderate use of any of these is not something anyone should obsess over or worry about.
– MJM
Sean Conner
172w ago
Both caffeine and alcohol are harmful but it depends upon the amount of consumption. By drinking alcohol a person may suffer from acute and chronic mental disorders. In contrast to this the harmful effects of caffeine are cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Check these links as well where you can find more details about both caffeine and alcohol: http://www.researchomatic.com/Ne… and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alc…
Owen Miller
software engineer, interested in futurism
171w ago
Coca cola is most harmful, as the sugar and the acid rot one’s teeth. As it is much lower in terms of the drug aspects of the other drinks, there isn’t as much utility to it. It harms alcohol, as the fructose is processed by the body before alcohol, thereby delaying the reaction and making it harder to control one’s drinking.
Coca cola is also harmful to society. All countries have the same formula, making each country less unique and in turn, less patriotic. Low patriotism leads to a failed state, which invites war.
The taste of Coca cola pairs with greasy fast food and should therefore receive some of the blame for the effects of that diet.

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