(March 22, 2013 - Insidermedicine)
From Australia - Drinking coffee greatly reduces the crash risk among long distance heavy vehicle drivers, according to a report published in the BMJ. Researchers studied over 1,000 long distance commercial drivers, half of whom had a crash in the previous year and half who did not. Participants were surveyed regarding their consumption of coffee, tea, and energy drinks on long distance drives. After adjusting for risk factors such as age, sleep disorders and driving schedules, researchers found those who consumed coffee to stay awake were 63% less likely to crash than drivers who drank no caffeinated substances. Having a crash in the previous five years, meanwhile, raised risk of crash by 81%.