Tea, Coffee, Alcohol, or Water? What is your choice?
An interesting article…
,,The practice of law has always been, and remains, one of the most vital and respected professions in the world.
Lawyers and solicitors like Bethany, Abigail, Richard, and Edward are like soldiers for the law working in high-stress environments.
Despite the fact that these individuals work in different practices and countries, each of them admits that they rarely get a full nights sleep.
Many lawyers who handle important matters struggle with alcoholism, depression, and other mental health concerns.
This problem brings up a question. Is there a beverage that can help lawyer/solicitors become more alert and efficient?
Is there a beverage that can help lawyer/solicitors become more alert and efficient?
Alcohol (Beer, Wine, other Alcoholic Beverages)
For over 30 years, Richard, a partner in a firm had a motto; “Alcohol gets me through the day. Without a stiff drink, I’d hardly make it in my profession.”
Long hours, demanding deadlines, competition and friction both inside and outside of the firm not to mention problem clients, court dates, judges, and juries cause many lawyers/solicitors to imbibe alcohol as a survival mechanism regularly.
The British consume 60 billion cups per year, according to the Tea and Infusions Organisation. That’s more than 900 cups a year for every man, woman and child in Great Britain. Tea has become entrenched in the British way of life.
Asians have been drinking tea for thousands of years. In Asian culture tea is considered an essential part of life.
American adults drink about 382 million cups of coffee every day. Last year Australians spent almost $800 million on over 2 billion cups of coffee.
Water is often overlooked. One lawyer confessed. “I find that when I don’t drink water for a while, I have to make myself take four or five sips every hour or so to acquire the taste and trigger my thirst again.”
Bethany admitted, “I vote for coffee! My workload between the office and my family feels like I complete a marathon each day. I can’t even wake up until after my third or fourth cup of coffee.
Without a continual boost from caffeine, I would never be able to get through my day.”
Bethany laughed, “They could bring me an IV and put the coffee pot next to my desk and give it to me intravenously!
Richard, the partner, drank lots of black coffee and was a heavy drinker of Scotch for many years.
“I was far too busy to think about my health. Coffee kept me alert. Why would I stop my busy day to have a glass of water?
After a brush with bad health, I sadly had to change my habits.”
Like Richard, one in four lawyers suffers from problems with alcohol and experience regular hangovers.
Richard describes his symptoms, “I had to drink every day, or I’d go crazy. I would drink with a client over lunch or midday, and I always had a few drinks to unwind at night.”
Binge drinking took a toll on me. My wife forced me to go to the doctor because I suffered from severe daily heartburn, reflux, the jitters, restlessness, and anxiety. My stomach was in terrible shape.”
Richard continues, “Bad hangovers, shaking and tremors in the mornings and I couldn’t stop my hands from trembling. I hated to give up the hard stuff both coffee and Scotch, but I feel much better following doctor’s orders and drinking more water. But I sorely miss alcohol. “
“I still vote for the hard stuff!” Richard says stubbornly.
Edward, who is a Millennial, on the other hand, voted for water.
“Sure I drink coffee and tea, but I can only take the highs and lows I experience from caffeine no more than twice per day. Water always gives me a little boost of energy. My health and fitness are important to me. Not to mention that I drink a lot of water to hydrate myself at the gym.”
Abigail voted, “It is tea of course. I have a cup of coffee in the morning but after that, sophisticated solicitors have tea. Tea is very satisfying and gives me a boost.
Will You Vote for Tea?
The work in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition dispels the common belief that tea dehydrates. Tea not only rehydrates as well as water does, but it can also protect against heart disease and some cancers, UK nutritionists found.
Will You Vote For Coffee?
A cup of coffee in the morning may pack more than just an energy boost. More and more research is emerging to suggest that there may be several health benefits associated with drinking this dark black beverage.
Will You Vote for Alcohol?
The definition of moderate drinking is something of a balancing act. Moderate drinking sits at the point at which the health benefits of alcohol clearly outweigh the risks. The latest consensus places this point at no more than one to two drinks per day for men, and no more than one drink per day for women.
Will You Vote for Water?
Our bodies are made up of mostly water, 60 to 65% for men and 50 to 60% for women. The human brain is about 85% water and our bones are between 10 to 15% water. Your muscle is up to 80% water.
Here are some benefits from water:
- Staying hydrated improves physical and performance and improves your mood
- Drinking more water can help relieve constipation and headaches
- Removal of physical and mental fatigue
- Hydration Has a Major Effect to increase your Energy
- Greatly increase levels and Brain Function
- Minimize the effects of hangovers when you drink too much