Coffee buzz: A blessing or a curse? According to the National Coffee Association, in 2013 41 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 reported they drank coffee on a daily basis. This statistic jumped significantly at 59 percent for those ages 25 to 39; 69 percent for those ages 40 to 59; and nearly 76 percent for those aged 60 and up.What these numbers dwindle down to is that nearly three-fourths of Americans drink coffee at least once a week and rightfully so, according to UIS Food Service Administrator Randy Williams. He said next to oil “coffee is the second to largest traded commodity in the world.” Largest traded commodity or not, coffee consumption has been on the rise in recent years begging the question – is it a blessing or a curse? Just like oil keeps your car running well, coffee can have the same effect. But just like too much oil isn’t good for your car, sometimes too much coffee isn’t the best idea either. The Mayo Clinic reported that an 8 ounce cup of generic brewed coffee contains 95 to 200 mg of caffeine – a little less than half of their recommended daily allowance of 500 mg. “Caffeine is an addictive drug,” said Williams. “People say they want their coffee, but it can be just the caffeine they need.” In addition to issues of dependence Mayo reported high coffee, tea and energy drink consumption can lead to restlessness, headaches or anxiety – but what about their benefits? They say it has the potential to protect against Parkinson’s disease, reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, and even decrease the risk of depression. So with all you have on your plate – between school, work and extracurricular activities – is coffee a blessing or a curse? You decide.