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America's Love Affair With Coffee Shows No Signs of Slowing

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We're drinking the same amount as we were 16 years ago.

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Good job, America: Despite the fact that coffee shops are "the fastest-growing segment of the restaurant industry," we're not all turning into a bunch of Americano-chugging fiends. According to a series of new polls by Gallup, 64 percent of adults in America drink at least one cup a day, which is the same result obtained in a 2012 poll — and up just one percentage point from a survey taken in 1999.

The average coffee drinker consumes 2.7 cups a day, which is also the same amount reported in 1999. And despite caffeine's habit-forming qualities, it seems we've come to accept it as a relatively harmless addiction, with few Americans feeling the need to cut back on their lattes: About one in four believes they are addicted, but only 10 percent say they want to dial back on their coffee drinking (for comparison's sake, "Gallup typically finds seven in 10 smokers saying they are addicted to cigarettes and about the same proportion saying they would like to quit").

A recent report from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee indicated that consumption of three and five cups a day is linked to a lessened risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes — so keep on pounding that iced coffee, America.

The Gallup poll also offers several other insights into the current state of American coffee consumption: Namely, the group who consumes the most is 55 and older whites living in the East and Midwest — though it seems coffee is pretty universally loved by all, as "there are minimal differences in consumption by gender, education and employment status."

Gallup Coffee Poll

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