People wait to get their coffee in Beirut, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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A steady stream of students flocked undeterred to the multitudes of cafes along Bliss Street despite the torrential rains for their daily fix of caffeine.Perhaps Lebanon's university students are drinking a bit too much coffee – new research shows that nearly half may have developed a dependence on caffeine."Some can't even go two days without consuming the caffeine," said Marie Tannous, assistant professor at the faculty of natural and applied sciences of Notre Dame University-Louaize. The study, which looks at the caffeine consumption habits of college undergraduates and graduates, reported that nearly 45 percent of students are dependent on caffeine, telling researchers that they cannot go more than two to three days without it. The researchers looked at a random sample of 215 students in three universities in north Lebanon who filled a questionnaire on their caffeine consumption habits.
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