Where is their self-control?
A lot of people, it seems, just can’t survive a workday without regular jolts of caffeine.
With the news that soft drink makers soon will post the amount of caffeine on cans and bottles, we, I mean those other people, the ones without the self-control, are going to have to face facts about just how much they are consuming.
With that in mind, I gathered a few facts on the American worker’s fix (not because I have a problem, because really, I could quit anytime, I am just curious about what other people are doing):
Amount of caffeine in twelve ounces of Coke: 34 milligrams
Amount of caffeine in twelve ounces of Diet Pepsi: 36 milligrams
Amount of caffeine in eight ounces of plain, brewed coffee: 135 milligrams
Amount of caffeine in Starbucks Coffee Grande: 259 milligrams
Number of Starbucks locations worldwide: 12,440
Percentage of American workers who rely on caffeine to get them through the day: 80%
I gathered this data from a variety of sources, including a report from the Mayo Clinic, Starbucks and a survey by WorkPlace Media. I also found a story on DivineCaroline called “Pregnancy’s Limitations: What Can You Do?” to be interesting, because, okay, maybe I am just a little hooked, and maybe I didn’t quite give up soft drinks during pregnancy.
(If you think work is exhausting now, try doing the same job with another human growing in your belly! And this is when I am supposed to kick the habit?!)
Not that I have a habit, per se, because unlike Mr. I-Must-Have-A-Frappuccino-Or-I-Will-Pass-Out-On-My-Keyboard in the next cube, I could quit whenever. Really.