Journalists Top List of Which Professions Drink the Most Coffee

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Picture a newsroom, and you might get an image of a bunch of grizzled old-timers with neckties and rolled-up shirtsleeves, smoking cigarettes and slugging back coffee after coffee. You might not be so far off on the latter note, according to a new survey exploring which professions guzzle the most brew, where journalists ranked first, ahead of police officers and medical professionals. Hey, your retail shift might stop, but the news doesn't.

According to PR company Pressat, which conducted the survey, 85 percent of professionals spoken to said they drink at least three cups of coffee a day--well ahead of the recommended 200 milligrams. Workers in higher stress jobs (those mentioned above, as well as teachers) drank the most, while retail staff and professional drivers rounded out the bottom of the list.

"It seems that drinking coffee is a necessity on the job in a wide variety of professions," Pressat wrote. "Could it be that being overstretched or working late pushed the workforce to consume more caffeine?"

Meanwhile, 70 percent of those surveyed said they believed their job performance would be affected if they cut coffee out of their daily routine. Men also drank more coffee than women, but only by five percent.

Here's the full list of which professions drink the most coffee:

1. Journalists and media staff

2. Police officers

3. Teachers

4. Plumbers and trade workers

5. Nurses and medical staff

6. Company executives

7. Telesales

8. IT technical support

9. Retail staff

10. Drivers
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