Food and Nutrition

Study: Doctors and Nurses Drink Most Coffee

| by Toni Brayer MD

I could have told you without the study, but the results are in: Coffee is the fuel that keeps hospitals and doctors and nurses going, both day and night. OK, I admit the study was commissioned by Dunkin' Donuts, but I believe the results because I have witnessed it. Health professionals are more dependent on coffee than any other profession.

The national survey included more than 3,600 workers, and the results showed the professions most dependent on coffee.  Here they are:

1.  Nurses
2.  Physicians
3.  Hotel workers
4.  Designers/architects
5.  Financial/insurance sales reps
6.  Food preparers
7.  Engineers
8.  Teachers
9.   Marketing/public relations
10. Scientists

They also found that younger workers were more dependent on coffee, and nearly one in four younger workers said they buy coffee as a way to treat themselves for a job well done.

37% of workers said they drink two or more cups during regular day, and 43% of younger workers said they have lower energy if they don't get their daily java jolt.

Many hospitals have a kiosk in the lobby that serves lattes or coffee, and there is usually a line of health workers just waiting for their jolt. I would like to see a study that looks at coffee drinking and sleep patterns.

My hypothesis is that people who get enough sleep don't drink as much coffee.