Crave Culture: The Average North Carolinian Can Only Go 15 Days Without Coffee or Alcohol, Finds Study


It’s no secret that Americans love their coffee and alcohol. From early morning pick-me-ups to after-work drinks, these beverages are staples in our daily routines. Whether you’re a coffee aficionado or a connoisseur of craft beer, there’s no denying that coffee and alcohol hold a special place in the hearts of many Americans. But just how much do we love these beverages? A lot it seems. That is according to a survey of 4,000 respondents by CraftCoffeeSpot with some interesting results…

The average North Carolinian admits they can go just 11 days without their beloved cup of joe. It’s safe to assume that after that point, our energy levels and productivity might take a major hit. It seems that without our caffeine fix, we may be more likely to call it a day. As the (not that) old saying goes, “no coffee, no workee…

When it comes to alcohol, our relationship is only a little less dependent. The average drinker in North Carolina can only go 20 days before they need booze. Perhaps this isn’t surprising – alcohol has embedded itself in American culture since the beginning of the republic. The BadaBing, Joe’s, The Speakeasy, there is never a shortage of places to grab a drink in America – there are approximately 70,000 bars in the country.

This means that, combined, North Carolinians can only go 15 days without caffeine or booze.

By state, the most dependent on coffee and alcohol are in New Hampshire and Virginia. Granite Staters can last just two days without coffee, while Virginians can make it 11 days before they need an alcoholic beverage.

Infographic showing ‘crave culture’ across America

They also surveyed respondents to find out if there was a cap on our love of coffee – asking what is the maximum price they would be willing to pay for their favorite cup of ‘java’. Interestingly, the average coffee drinker is willing to pay up to $5.57 for just one cup!

Finally, respondents were quizzed on their favorite way of making coffee at home. The results were as follows:

1.     41% of respondents said they use a pod coffee machine.

2.     39% said a drip coffee maker.

3.     13% said an espresso machine.

4.     7% said pour over coffee.