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Topic: Coffee Lovers keep on drinking... (10 msgs / 319 lines)
1) From: Laura Carey
Coffee Lovers, keep on drinking.
I found this little tid-bit of information that you will all find
interesting.
Coffee Protects Liver 
Drinking coffee might protect against the progressive liver damage that
results from excess drinking and alcoholism. Consuming coffee seems to offer
a protective benefit against alcoholic cirrhosis, and the more coffee a
person consumes the less risk they seem to have of dying from alcoholic
cirrhosis. People drinking one cup of coffee a day were 20 percent less
likely to have alcoholic cirrhosis. People drinking two or three cups were
40 percent less likely to have alcoholic cirrhosis. For people who drank
four or more cups of coffee a day, there was an 80 percent reduction in
risk. Researchers have no idea what it is in coffee that offers the benefit.
Laura
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2) From: Ryan M. Ward
"People drinking two or three cups were 40 percent less likely to have alcoholic cirrhosis. For people who drank four or more cups of coffee a day, there was an 80 percent reduction in risk. Researchers have no idea what it is in coffee that offers the benefit."
I can't help but wonder how the alcohol variable was controlled in this study. Could it be that people who drink obnoxious amounts of coffee simply drink less alcohol and thus are less likely to develop cirrhosis? If so why? Could it be cultural? Perhaps the avid drinkers have found their vice in life and thus have no need for alcohol. 
Another variable worth considering would be to consider the relationship between income and alcohol consumption and compare that with the relationship between income and coffee consumption. (Not that there is any, I am just trying to think of possible third factors, income is usually a good place to look because it determines a lot).
Were these issues addressed in the article?
Thanks for posting this- Brain Candy! Thinking about science and math is always fun!
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Ryan M. Ward
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3) From: John A C Despres
Excellent, Laura! Where id you find it?
John
On Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 6:47 AM, Ryan M. Ward
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4) From: Bob Hazen
Phooey...  I was all set to buy another bottle of malt whisky and more 
beans.  And >then< you went and injected logic in to this!  ;-)
(vbg)
Bob
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5) From: John and Emma
Like Ryan,
The first thing I thought about was how they did the experiment, where, what
were the controls and on what or who?
John H.

6) From: Mike Chester
They found a correlation, not a cause and effect relationship.  A true 
scientific study would be immoral to do because it would require feeding a 
group of people large amounts of alcohol and watching their health decline. 
A few years ago, they found that many schizophrenia patients had above 
average levels of caffeine  in their blood.  They came up with a theory that 
caffeine may cause schizophrenia but upon further examination it was found 
that these patients drank above average amounts of coffee and that explained 
their higher levels.  There was no cause and effect relationship.
Mike Chester
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7) From: Yakster
Agreed, I was all set to start repeating my experiments with using whiskey
instead of water in my espresso extractions since I figured it would be the
perfect beverage :-)
-Chris
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8) From: Laura Carey
To all...
Sorry, it wasn't meant to be torn apart.   ;(
I just meant this as a "bravo" for our coffee drinking (Not in excess) and
maybe, just maybe it does the body good!
I'm with you Bob...  Where is that Cosmo?

9) From: Ryan M. Ward
Well geez! Don't let me stop you!! Just make sure you bring enough for the whole class!
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10) From: Ryan M. Ward
"Sorry, it wasn't meant to be torn apart.   ;(" =
I am sorry Laura, I did not mean to tear it apart on you. I just could not =
help myself :s The idea was very interesting to me and my thoughts just ran=
 for the hills! =
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