Addicted To Living Longer

Vindication, at long last.

For years I’ve been accused of having a habit that’s detrimental to my health.  Of being obsessed with something that, in the final reckoning, is bad for me.  Everyone wants to call it “an addiction”; a word that has implicit negative connotations to it.

But in reality all I have been doing – and am doing right now – is saving my life, one delicious, steaming, aromatic cup at a time.

This article, which I found on MSNBC, actually has nothing to do with why I drink coffee, but it’s some seriously good justification for not giving up my daily habit.

When you read a quote like

“In fact, men who drank at least six cups of coffee a day had a 10 percent lower chance of dying during the 14-year study period than those who drank none. For women, the risk was 15 percent lower”

it’s hard not to feel like all those people who made snide remarks about your excessive coffee consumption behind your back owe you some sort of apology.  Maybe over a latte at Dunn Bros, I’d suggest.  (hint, hint, hint)  And those of you who took out life insurance policies based on this particular anti-coffee article can be first in line…and stop grinning every time I walk to the urn to top off my Chuck coffee mug at the office.  You know who you are.

One thing’s for sure – I’m not kicking the coffee habit any time soon.  Based on the title of the article (“6 Cups a Day?  Coffee Lovers Less Likely To Die, Study Finds“) I’m thinking I’m in good shape with every 20-ounce curl I do of the brewed paradise.  I enjoy my morning wake-up call, and you can’t beat a good cup of Ethiopian Sun-Dried Cherry coffee with just a touch of soy in it to start your day off right.

And even if some study that’s more comprehensive than the 402,000 person, 13-year basis of this article turns around and finds that coffee is actually more deadly than arsenic I’m still going to lift that mug up to my lips every morning.  Because nobody should be without coffee whether it’s healthy or not.  It’s just that good.

And I can stop any time I want to.

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