Julie Winch, Lisa Evans and Rosa Sims enjoy a coffee at Casual Coffee.
Julie Winch, Lisa Evans and Rosa Sims enjoy a coffee at Casual Coffee. Rob Williams

Too much coffee is bad for health

COULD you down more than six mugs of coffee a day?

New research has found that one in five men and one in six women in Australia drink that amount daily, with experts warning it is creating serious health problems.

While many residents in the Ipswich region enjoy the odd coffee or two a day, it seems most couldn't imagine drinking more than a couple a day.

Enjoying a brew with friends at Casual Coffee in Ipswich West yesterday, Lisa Evans said she used to have about six a day when she studied and worked in her younger days.

“Now, I have about two or three a day,” the 36-year-old said.

“It's just the routine that I have now.

"Now with the baby, one or two of those would be a decaf.”

Friend Rosa Sims, 36, said she usually had three at the most, but not necessarily by choice.

“There's house cleaning, the children, and everything else, otherwise I could have more,” the Hatton Vale resident said.

While health reasons might not be at the forefront of their decisions to limit their coffee intake, research released yesterday reveals they have made a good choice.

The research commissioned by ratings agency Canstar Blue said the level of caffeine found in six coffees is about double the safe daily recommended amount and may cause insomnia and high blood pressure.

David Stelfox, an expert from Endeavour College of Natural Health, said the results were alarming.

“This level of caffeine consumption could result in drinkers developing conditions including insomnia, restlessness, irritability, stomach upset, high blood pressure, fast heart beat and muscle tremors,” he said.

He said any more than three coffees a day was too much.

Casual Coffee owner Margaret Howard said while most customers came in for just one coffee a day, there were a small number who came in a number of times during the day – and they were all women.

Other coffee drinkers surveyed said they stuck to about two coffees a day.

South Australians are the biggest caffeine fiends, with 23% of those surveyed knocking down six coffees or more a day.

Only 11% of Queenslanders drink the same amount.



Lawyers partner up to chip in for cancer fight

premium_icon Lawyers partner up to chip in for cancer fight

An Ipswich law firm's has partnered with Cancer Council Queensland.

Winternationals excitement extended to five days

premium_icon Winternationals excitement extended to five days

Extended program for next year's high-powered action at Willowbank

PHOTOS: One dead, four hospitalised in Springfield crashes

premium_icon PHOTOS: One dead, four hospitalised in Springfield crashes

A homicide investigation is underway following the death of a man.