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10 Signs Your Coffee Habit Has Gone Too Far

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We all love coffee. And by all I mean Americans consume 450 million cups of coffee each day (aka about 150 billion cups per year). It gets us through the day. For some of us, the only reason we can get out of bed is to know that the delicious cup of beans is nearby. According to a article, 68 percent of coffee drinkers consume their first cup within an hour of waking up.

But there is being a coffee addict and then THERE IS BEING A COFFEE ADDICT. But don’t worry you aren’t alone.

“There are two dark, black liquids that run this country,” said Robert Thompson, director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University“Oil and coffee. Walk down the street in any major city at lunch hour. You just see coffee and cell phones.” Today, the National Coffee Association reports that the number of 18- to 39-year-olds who drink coffee daily jumped almost 10 percent year-over-year in 2011.

We decided to go over some of the signs that it may be time to cut back on the java.

1) Your barista knows you by name. He doesn’t spell your name wrong on the cup. And you know his name… and his mom’s.

2) You get a terrible headache if you don’t get a cup of coffee within an hour of waking up. Like you-want-to-hit-someone headache. It will go something like this:

3) When you watch The Little Mermaid, you find it odd that she is not green and white and on a cup.

4) You found the amount of time the cast of Friends spent sitting in a coffee house to be totally normal.

5) Your coffee mug is a precious treasure. It is the ring to your Frodo (or Gollum.)

6) You could actually afford a Celine bag if you didn’t buy those three cups of coffee everyday. According to a recent survey of 1000 American workers by Accounting Principals, half of American workers that buy coffee on a regular basis during the week spent an average of $1092 a year on coffee; that’s over $5 a day.

7) If you don’t drink coffee for a day you literally can’t keep your head up or you have insomnia.

8) You think iced coffee is the new water.

9) You thank the makers of coffee and iced coffee at least once a day.

10) Your hand feels weird when it isn’t holding a mug. You suffer from phantom coffee-mug holding.

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I'm definitely guilty of being a coffee addict. It's become a comfort whenever I'm stressed for some reason. However, recently I've been trying to switch to tea - but I'm not sure if that's just as bad, since tea has more caffeine than coffee...


I needed my fix at 3pm today... going to get my coffee also means a rare 15 minutes out of the office to get some fresh air and a little exercise- maybe next time I'll opt for a smoothie instead!


I have eased off the coffee lately and it makes me feel more in control because I know I can function without it, plus it saves money! But, i do love a cup of coffee as a little treat or pick me up! It's one of the little pleasures in life that bring me comfort!


I definitely love coffee - even though it is a "stimulant" and makes you energized, I also feel like it relaxes me and gives me a sense of peace... is that weird? Maybe because I typically drink it mid-morning when I'm looking for a break and a little something to enjoy. Also, number 6 on the list was right on - I sometimes think about how much one could save just by giving up coffee!


I love coffee! And there are cheap ways to make it, just kick your Starbucks habit! A cup (or three) a day keeps the mood swings away...


I am happy I can call myself a non-coffee addict! With that said, I do enjoy it as a pick me up. Sign #6 puts everything in perspective. Coffee is something I can cut out of my day in order to save money.


I love this article that balances facts with satire of our coffee habits as a society!

Meredith Lepore

Meredith is the Editor at Large for Levo League. Before that she was the Editor in Chief of The Grindstone and was on staff at Business Insider. She has written for magazines including Marie Claire, SELF, Women's Health and Cosmopolitan. She earned her Masters in Magazine, Newspaper and Online journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Meredith resides in New York full time and enjoys SoulCycle, jogging and playing with her Yorkshire Terrier Otis, who also loves SoulCycle.